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From the Archive: Anna Deavere Smith

Fragility and Resilience

Anna deavere smith

Friday, January 21, 2022
8:00 pm


Virtual Event


Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Open to the public
Free of charge
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We’re starting the Winter 2022 series virtually with a selection of favorite presentations from the archives. This Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event originally took place on September 112014.

This archival presentation of content never before shared online will be available for a 4‑week limited period, from Friday, January 21 — Friday, February 18, 2022 as part of the 2022 U‑M MLK Symposium and the Democracy & Debate 2021 – 22 programming.

An award-winning actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Based on her recent one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, this lecture/​performance will combine stories of her creative journey with insights into the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit.

Smith has appeared in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain, and Rent, and in television on The Practice, The West Wing, and currently, Nurse Jackie. The founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, she teaches at New York University. 

Original event co-presented with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender in celebration of its then 20th Anniversary and with support from the U‑M Office of Research, the School of Public Health, the Department of Theatre & Drama, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Program in Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, and Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, and Academic Affairs. Presenting Partners: Detroit Public Television and PBS Books. Media Partner: Michigan Radio.


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