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Karen Brooks Hopkins

The Yale School of Management and the David Geffen School of Drama are delighted to host renowned arts administrator Karen Brooks Hopkins, President Emerita of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Karen’s talk will focus on the role of arts organizations in anchoring community economic development. Karen will also draw from her recently published book, BAM. . . and Then It Hit Me, a memoir of her 36 years at BAM, the last 16 of which she served as President.

Following her retirement from BAM in 2015, Karen was the Inaugural Senior Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where her research focused on the community impact of anchor cultural institutions. Karen currently serves as Senior Advisor and Board member at the Onassis Foundation. She has been a member of the mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, the New York State Board of Regents, and was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” by Crain’s New York Business. 

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 4:00-5:30 p.m., in the Beinecke Room (#2300), Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Avenue. Light refreshments will be available. All members of the Yale community can register here (limited capacity).

BAM. . . and Then It Hit Me will be available for sale at a 30% discount, and Karen is happy to sign copies. At Yale SOM, this event is co-sponsored by the Program on Social Enterprise, the Arts & Culture club, the Economic Development club, and the Women in Management club.