Prof. Bruce Payne

Bruce Payne

Phone: 646-312-3748
VC 7-186


  • Bruce Payne is Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at Baruch College (CUNY), teaching about cultural policy and about the role of the arts in civic life. As Distinguished Lecturer in Communication Studies at Baruch, he also teaches undergraduate courses in leadership and organizations. On the faculty of Duke University for thirty-five years, Payne initiated Duke’s courses in ethics and policymaking, leadership, documentary studies, and cultural policy. He then served as President and Executive Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation (2006 to 2013), where he was responsible for grants and projects, primarily in New York and in the Himalayan region, in art, health and education, leadership, and human rights. A civil rights activist in the 1960’s and an early opponent of the US role in Vietnam, he maintains a lively interest in politics. He serves as board chair of Music and Memory, which provides personalized music for people with Alzheimer’s and other physical and mental impairments. Payne is currently at work on a scholarly study of the myths in Plato’s Republic.
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