We are excited to welcome Michael Amico to our team as Knowledge Director! Michael is currently finishing his PhD in American Studies at Yale University, where his work questions the place of art and beauty in sexual desire. His dissertation is about the love between two men in the Civil War. His areas of expertise include aesthetic theory and American art. Before attending Dartmouth College, Michael was a professional actor. He has also directed for the theater. After college, he worked in arts marketing for Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, designing original campaigns for visiting music, theater, and film artists targeted to students and young people. He used performance, activist techniques, and video editing to connect marketing to a larger conversation around particular artists and their work. Presentations of his scholarly research have also included performative elements, and his historical writing has incorporated dramatic and novelistic idioms, to explore how feeling and intellect work together to produce catharsis. Michael is also writing the librettos for two music theater projects in collaboration with composer Conrad Winslow.