Oberlin College and Conservatory

The Surprise Social Entrepreneur

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Bibbins Hall (Conservatory of Music), 223
77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Laura Callanan, the widow of Romulus Linney, leads this exploration of artist innovators and how the arts are contributing to social change. Her talk profiles James Houghton, founding artistic director of Signature Theatre Company. Inspired by the diverse writings of playwright Romulus Linney ’53, Houghton founded Signature to honor and celebrate the writer. In the last 22 years Signature has grown to one if the most influential theaters in America.

Part of the weekend-long celebration Drama in Every Human Life: The Art of Romulus Linney ’53, this guest lecture is sponsored by the Office of Creativity and Leadership.


Laura Callanan is an independent consultant, author, and teacher in the field of social innovation. She is currently Scholar in Residence at UC-Berkeley/Haas School of Business, a Visiting Fellow at New York University/Wagner School of Public Service, and a Senior Fellow with The Foundation Center.  She is currently completing research on Social Sector Leaders Who Scale What Works and What Artists Can Teach Social Entrepreneurs.

Laura is a frequent speaker at leading social sector conferences including the Skoll World Forum, SoCap, the annual Independent Sector conference, and the Social Impact Exchange.  She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business where she teaches on the nonprofit capital marketplace.

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Entrepreneurship, Administrative, Conservatory of Music




Free and open to the public

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Creativity & Leadership Program

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