In this, our second annual themed supplement, The Crimson's Arts Board focuses on the intersections between art and politics. We survey this contested and contentious landscape by talking to artists, critics, writers, politicians, and economists on campus and beyond. Are the arts today no more than a realm of escapist fantasy, or worse, of legitimation for existing structures of power and wealth? Or can the arts make space for the imagination of alternatives? Can works of art be generative of political possibilities? We leave it to you to decide, so read on up.
Samantha Power, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has been jointly appointed to faculty positions at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School.