Anna Deavere Smith: Notes from the Field - School and Prison Pathways

Date: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Note: 
5pm reception to be held in front of CEMEX, 6pm event
Location: 

CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Zambrano Hall (641 Knight Way)

Tickets: Advance tickets are no longer available through the StanfordLive link live.stanford.edu/smith. A number of tickets may be distributed at the door the day of the event. Please check here for updated information about tickets. Please contact edayton@stanford.edu with questions.

Anna Deavere Smith will perform parts of a work-in-progress and will discuss her ongoing research for a new play she is writing on the subject of the school-to-prison pipeline. She will be joined after her presentation for an on-stage discussion with Stanford Graduate School of Education professors Prudence Carter and Sean Reardon.

Anna Deavere Smith, actress/playwright, is said to have created a new theater form. Prizes include the MacArthur fellowship and the Gish Prize, two Tony nominations and others. In 2012, President Obama awarded her the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. Her most recent one-person show Let Me Down Easy, toured the US and was broadcast on Great Performances. In popular culture, you have seen her in Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, Rachel Getting Married, The American President, Philadelphia and others. She is University Professor at NYU and Founding Director, Anna Deavere Smith Works which supports artists from around the world whose work addresses issues of social justice.