Anna Deavere SmithNonfiction, Drama
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20161125, 20160325
An Obie Award-winning playwright, MacArthur fellow, and 2015 NEH Jefferson Lecturer for Intellectual Ideas, Anna Deavere Smith discusses her technique of interviewing real people to use their stories on stage. While a 2015 Hall Center for the Humanities Lecturer at the University of Kansas, she talks about her School to Prison Pipeline project which delves into the issues of suspensions in school, and how they link to incarceration among unprivileged youth, specifically Blacks, Latinos and other minorities, which has since spawned her 2016 play Notes from the Field. The author of On the Road: A Search for American Character also reads from her classic book, Letters to a Young Artist.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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