Anna Deavere Smith is a remarkable chronicler of the human character and condition. In her examination of such thorny subjects as race relations or our feelings about death, she has applied her virtuosic talent to questions that most of us would prefer to avoid.
– NEH Chairman, William “Bro” Adams
Anna Deavere Smith will deliver the 2015 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7:30pm at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts in Washington D.C. In her lecture, titled On the Road: A Search for American Character, Smith will discuss and preform excerpts from her ongoing documentary theater project, begun in the early 1980s, of transforming the words of ordinary people into dramatic monologue. Read more about Smith and the Jefferson Lecture here.
Watch Anna Deavere Smith and Chairman Adams discuss the upcoming Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities here.