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Brandeis University arts expert to present ‘Truth or Beauty’

Scott Edmiston
Scott Edmiston

The Brandeis National Committee will host its annual University on Wheels event on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. at Skyline Country Club. Scott Edmiston, director of the Office of the Arts at Brandeis University, will speak on: “Truth or Beauty: The Need for Art in the 21st Century.”

Edmiston will explore questions such as: Do the arts play a role in creating and sustaining truth, justice, a more ethical society? In these days of proliferating reality shows, video games and media saturation, is there still a place for live theatre? Museums and art galleries? Symphony halls?

Edmiston founded the Office of the Arts at Brandeis after more than 25 years as an artist, educator, administrator and arts advocate at universities and nonprofit organizations. He currently teaches dramatic literature in the Brandeis department of theater arts. His areas of expertise include modern drama, Eugene O’Neill, and Tennessee Williams. Four of his theatrical productions have received the Elliot Norton Award as Outstanding Production or Musical and he is the recipient of the 2005 StageSource Award for “vision, leadership and inspiration” to Boston’s arts community. In 2011, he received the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in Boston Theatre.

Breakfast will be served. The cost is $18 for BNC members and $20 for guests. Skyline Country Club is located at 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive. For reservations, send a check made out to BNC to Arlene Zuckerman, 5448 N. Paseo del Sonoyta, Tucson, AZ 85750. For more information, contact Sara Wisdom at or 325-8014.