Acclaimed author, actress, playwright discussing an ever-changing America

Anna Deavere Smith's presentation on Wednesday, March 15, part of ethics/religion, society lecture series | March 14, 2006

Anna Deavere Smith, a renowned playwright and performance artist, is speaking on Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati by calling 513 751-0100.

The title of Smith’s lecture is “Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change." Her presentation is part of the University’s 2005-2006 ethics/religion and society lecture series and the annual fundraiser for the Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati.

Smith has written and starred in "Fires in the Mirror" and "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992," award-winning and critically acclaimed one-woman plays. She is the author of Talk to Me: Travels in Media & Politics and, most recently, Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts—For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind.

Smith is a tenured professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for establishing a type of theater that blends social commentary and journalism.

The theme for this year’s lecture series is “175 Years of Xavier in Cincinnati: Responding Ethically to the Changing Face of the Community.” Speakers are addressing leadership issues on this topic. The purpose of this series is to encourage ethical and/or religious analysis of socially significant issues.