Lawrence “Ren” Weschler, Emeritus Artistic Director, joined the staff in January 2006. He is a graduate of Cowell College of the University of California, at Santa Cruz (1974). He was a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine for twenty years, shuttling between political tragedies and cultural comedies, and is the author of over a dozen books, including Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder for which he was a finalist for both the Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle Award, and Everything that Rises; A Book of Convergences for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2007. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and a Lannan Literary Fellow. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia, UCSC, Bard, Vassar and Sarah Lawrence, and is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University, where he also directs the New York Institute for the Humanities.