At keyboards, everybody! This Monday, Getty President and CEO Jim Cuno joins the Reddit community in an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
What is a Reddit AMA, you ask? Well, it’s where the whole world converges on Reddit, known as the front page of the Internet, to ask questions of celebrities, politicians, musicians, innovators, business leaders, and other interesting people. Some of the best have included sessions with Microsoft honcho Bill Gates, scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, comedian Louis C.K., and even president Barack Obama. (Obama’s was so popular that it crashed Reddit’s servers.)
Jim is up for pretty much any sane question—after all, Reddit’s AMAs are anything-goes—but he’s assured us that he can talk most intelligently about what he actually knows and thinks about every day: the arts, museums, the digital humanities, and what it’s like to lead one of the world’s biggest arts organizations. Of course, he’s also remarkably knowledgeable about lots of other things, including his favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. (The Iris, however, endorses the Dodgers.)
If you’re interested in asking Jim a question, his thread will be open for business starting Sunday, and Jim will be at keyboard Monday morning. In the meantime, you can check out Reddit’s AMA page to see who’s answering questions today!
As the person pretending to be Snoo in these photos, I feel it might be necessary to comment on why, exactly, the Getty has a giant Reddit alien head on the premises. Much as I would like to say we did so, we actually did not build it specifically for this post. It was an old Halloween costume, but a darn good one. It’s fun to have a giant head for a few moments, even though you have to walk sideways into elevators and your hair kinda smells like styrofoam. -Annelisa/Iris editor
These photos are so delightful. I can’t wait to read and partake in the discussion on Monday!
I was glad to read your comments on “Why arts and humanities matter” in the Los Angeles Times, and agree with what you have said. I am going to quote you for an article I write (in the Daily Pilot in Costa Mesa) about our Costa Mesa libraries. But since my goal is to get our city council to realize that public libraries are just as important (or more important) as the sports fields they are planning to put on any empty space, I am hoping you might tell me your opinions on the importance of public libraries. How do they fit into your promotion of arts and humanities? Thank you for any comments you might have.
Hi Mary Ellen,
Thanks for your comment and reading my piece.
Public libraries are the new town square of American cities. They provide resources for the young and old—both to stir the imagination and provide employment and education assistance, in print and online—and safe and healthy spaces for groups to meet and exchange thoughts about their lives and communities. Ever since Andrew Carnegie, American public libraries have been the model for the world. And they have been emulated around the world. They are a bedrock of democracy.