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Jonathan Elmer
Jonathan Elmer
Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director

Jonathan Elmer, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director, joins CHF with more than 25 years of experience in public programming, musical performance, and teaching. Elmer is professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington (IU) and director of the College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI), which serves as the public face for the arts and humanities on campus, funding research in a variety of fields, and organizing a wide array of public lectures, exhibitions, and performances. He earned a BA from Yale University and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely on all periods of American culture and literature, and on figures as various as Thomas Jefferson, Richard Wright, and Jeff “the Dude” Lebowski. He is a leading expert on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, and his current research explores how the notion of “play” fundamentally transformed the art, culture, and business of the 20th century.