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2015 Cue Conference


First International Conference on

Teaching and Learning Cultural Entrepreneurship (TLCUE)

You are cordially invited to attend the first international conference on Teaching and Learning Cultural Entrepreneurship,  held in beautiful Duluth, Minnesota, USA, from June 10-12, 2015. The conference addresses policy, pedagogy and curriculum development for teaching and learning cultural entrepreneurship, and will appeal to a global audience. At the conference, a new publication, Teaching and Learning Cultural Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective, will be released, and available to participants at a discounted price. The conference is limited to 100 participants, so there will be plenty of opportunities to meet other scholars and practitioners of cultural entrepreneurship, and to have in-depth discussions. The event will take place at the Zeitgeist Center for Arts and Community in Downtown Duluth, within walking distance to dozens of restaurants, hotels, and other attractions. You will also be able to experience some the natural beauty and of Springtime in our city, and have quick access to the Lakewalk and bike trails along Lake Superior.

Duluth Lift Bridge


Focus of this conference is the emergence of cultural entrepreneurship as an academic discipline and applied practice. Participants and presenters will discuss how cultural entrepreneurship can and/or should be taught in both academic and non-academic environments, how it is experienced and learned by students, and how curricula, from short  seminars and summer schools to bachelor and master’s degree programs can be established. Working with the assumption that cultural entrepreneurship can be taught, we seek to explore best practice models, courses, exercises and case studies.

Discover Duluth, which was voted #1 Best Town by Outside Magazine in 2014. The city is located on the Western edge of Lake Superior, and offers numerous activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Duluth also has a vibrants arts and music scene. On June 20, 2015, the city hosts Grandma’s Marathon, one of the largest long-distance running events in the United States.

Great networking opportunities with fellow experts and scholars in the creative and cultural industries, and lots of opportunities to discuss teaching, pedagogy and curriculum.

Keynotes/Keynote panels featuring Marc Lane (Northwestern University and M. Lane Wealth Advisors), Rene Kooyman (Ars Nova, Utrecht, Netherlands, Annick Schramme (Antwerp management school, Belgium) and others (more details forthcoming shortly).  

Unofficial Opening Night on Tuesday Evening June 9, 6 p.m.  An evening hosted by the Cultural Entrepreneurship Students at UMD. Duluth as a Creative Economy: Concepts, Ideas and Futures.


The conference officially begins in the morning of June 10, with a welcome from the conference organizers, a welcome by the Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Dr. Andrea Schokker, and an address by the Mayor of Duluth, Don Ness.

DAY 1: On June 10, the opening panel led by Rene Kooyman will explore the history of cultural entrepreneurship as a discipline and the ways it has been taught in a variety of global programs. Panelists will compare approaches to curriculum and course design, pedagogy and student exercises. The afternoon will feature concurrent paper sessions in which scholars and practitioners present recent research insights.

Day 2: Following a morning and afternoon full of paper sessions, we will conclude the second day of the conference, June 11, with a visit to Duluth’s Clyde Iron Works, have a catered dinner, and conclude the day with a festive release party of the book Teaching and Learning Cultural Entrepreneurship. Registered conference attendees will receive a complimentary copy. Additional copies will be available for a discounted price.

Day 3: The final day of the conference will feature more concurrent paper sessions in the morning, and an afternoon fair at Duluth’s historic Greysolon Ballroom. Our special guest for two presentations will be Marc J. Lane, a renowned social entrepreneur, wealth advisor and author. Marc will speak about his most recent book, The Mission-Driven Venture.

Marc J. Lane Book

In the afternoon, we will launch the North Coast Creative Alliance, a networking and professional development organization for creatives and cultural entrepreneurs along the shores of Lake Superior.

Booths and tables will feature over twenty local cultural and social entrepreneurs who will present their projects/products and visions for a Creative Duluth and North Coast region. Community and conference participants can join tables for a storytelling session, discuss and leave feedback for local business, and offer their own perspective and expertise.  

Registration for this separate event, or the entire conference, can be found HERE. Attendance of the North Coast Creative Alliance event s free, but if you’d like to support the event with a donation, sponsor a table or get involved as an exhibitor, please check out the website and register.

For any questions about the conference, please send an email to Dr. Olaf Kuhlke at
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