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E. N. Thompson Forum: “A Conversation on Race and the Arts” with Anna Deavere Smith

Moderated by Sändra Washington

Date: Time: 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Lied Center for Performing Arts
Additional Info: LIED
Contact: Rebecca Baskerville, (402) 472-6990,
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author, credited with creating a new form of theater. Smith’s play Twilight: Los Angeles was nominated for two Tony Awards and her play Fires in the Mirror was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. President Obama awarded Smith the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal, and she is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Smith’s acting credits include such shows as Shonda Rhimes’s new “untitled project”, ABC’s series For the People and Blackish. She also co-starred on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and was featured on the long running series, The West Wing. Films include The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, Dave, Rent, and Human Stain.

“A Conversation on Race and the Arts,” moderated by Lincoln City Council Member Sändra Washington, will take place at 4:00 pm, prior to Smith’s 7:30 pm performance of her most recent original work, Notes from the Field, which looks at the vulnerability of youth, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism.

Presented in partnership with the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

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