On June 8, 2011 in New York City, cultural leaders Cornell University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater united for a very special event to celebrate leadership in the arts and culture. Alvin Ailey and Ezra Cornell were visionaries whose influence is still felt today. Driven by a desire to serve, they fearlessly reached into the future.

Cornell President David Skorton and Judith Jamison, outgoing artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, discussed the remarkable challenges they face while keeping the legacies of their founders alive and thriving.