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Jandon Lecture Series

Thanks to Jane and Donald Cecil, Purchase College has been able to host a distinguished lecture series focused on the business of the arts. Over the past six years, we have invited noted leaders, scholars, authors, and public figures from New York City and around the globe. 

Purchase College would like to recognize Jane and Donald Cecil, and their representatives, for their generous gift that created this Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Lecture Series.

Past Jandon Speakers

Below are the Jandon speakers we’ve had the pleasure of learning from:

2019

Marie-Cécile Zinsou
President, Foundation Zinsou (Cotonou, Republic of Benin, West Africa)

2018

Monica Yunus & Camille Zamora
Sopranos
Co-Founders and Co-Executive Directors, Sing for Hope

2017

Risë Wilson
Inaugural Director of Philanthropy, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

2016

Ruby Lerner
Founding Executive Director and President, Creative Capital

2015

Ella Baff
Executive and Artistic Director, Jacob’s Pillow

2014

Ben Cameron
Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

2013

Joseph Volpe
Inaugural Speaker
General Manager, The Metropolitan Opera, 1990-2006

Student Achievement Awards

Through Jane and Donald Cecil’s support, one student per year is selected to receive the Jandon Business of the Arts Student Achievement Award

2020

This year’s winner of the Jandon Business of the Arts Distinguished Student Award is Sonya Rio-Glick

 Sonya Rio-Glick is a multidisciplinary artist and activist from Albany, New York, and a Senior Arts Management major. She is a founding member of the youth action board for COLAGE, a national organization for children of LGBTQ+ parents, and her nonfiction work Already Home will be published in this year’s edition of Italics Mine. Her Senior Project, This Body’s Heart, is a six-piece contemporary dance production which she has directed in collaboration with over 30 Purchase students.

Past Winners

2019

Sura (Kazuko) Ono

2018

Leah Woods

2017

Cheyenne Myrie Hutchinson

2016

Jonathan Stafford

2015

Steven Brown

2014

Sabrina Cedeno

2013

Julia Chadwick