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Feb 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Anna Deavere Smith ENGAGING THE WORLD: the role of the artist in society


Playwright, actor and educator Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of community, character and diversity in America. The MacArthur Foundation honored Smith with the “Genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — blending theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie.” shows, Smith turns her interviews into scripts and transforms herself into an astonishing number of characters. In 2012, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama.

In 2015, Smith was named the Jefferson Lecturer, the nation’s highest honor in the humanities. She received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and most recently, the 2017 Ridenhour Courage Prize and the George Polk Career Award for authentic journalism.

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Date and Time

Feb 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm


Mandell Weiss Forum

Event Registration

Registration for this event is required by Feb 25, 2019. Visit the registration page for details.

Event Fee



Mark Maltby    858-822-3152


Faculty, Staff, Students, The General Public

Event Host

UC San Diego Theatre & Dance

Event Category

Social and Cultural