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Books by Anna Deavere Smith
Notable Talks & Conversations
Anna Deavere Smith lecture at Ball State University. Recorded: January, 2015.
Anna Deavere Smith lecture "Snapshots : glimpses of America in change" at Ball State University. Lecture part of Ball State University's UniverCity cultural programming event.
Grace & Politics: A Conversation with Anna Deavere Smith & Toni Preckwinkle by the University of Chicago. Recorded: 1/13/2014.
Anna Deavere Smith discusses the themes of her current work in progress On Grace with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, in a conversation moderated by David Axelrod, Director of University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.
Anna Deavere Smith on The Artist's Voice for Social Change by The Aspen Institute. Recorded: 2/11/2011.
The Artist’s Voice for Social Change, featuring Anna Deavere Smith, Writer, Actress, Activist, and star of the acclaimed one-woman show "Let Me Down Easy." Moderated by Anne Mosle, Executive Director of Ascend, Two Generations, One Future, the new Aspen Institute program focused on moving families, especially women, away from poverty.
Bill Moyers Journal | Anna Deavere Smith. Recorded: 11/13/2009.
While politicians and the media war over "the public option" and "bending the cost curve," acclaimed actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith and her one-woman play LET ME DOWN EASY give voice to questions of life and death, sickness and healthcare.
On Race, Human Nature, Theater, and more. Recorded: 2007.
A collection of short video clips presented by Big Think. "Here at Big Think, we believe that success in the future is about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information. Therefore, we aim to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life."
Women in Theatre: Anna Deavere Smith by CUNY TV. Recorded: 10/18/2004.
Playwright, director, actress Anna Deavere Smith discusses her "testimony plays," a genre she created and won awards for with Fires in the Mirror and Twilight Los Angeles 1992, and how theatre can make up for "the deficits of journalism," particularly regarding race.
Anna Deavere Smith in Conversation with Studs Terkel. Recorded: 2000.
A videorecording of a live event featuring Studs Terkel and Anna Deavere Smith in conversation at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago. It originally aired on Chicago Municipal Television, Channel 49.
Articles & Films
Film: Hawaii's Last Queen (Written and produced by Vivian Ducat; Narrated by Anna Deavere Smith), 2006.
Born in 1838, Queen Lili'uokalani was a talented composer who took the throne after her brother's death in 1891. She dealt with U.S. government revoking her position on the sugar market, was overtaken by U.S. Marines, and lost her throne.
Film: Twilight, Los Angeles (Conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith), 2000.
"On March 3, 1991, an African-American man was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who stopped him for speeding. On April 29, 1992, when the jury's 'not guilty' verdict dismissed the officers on trial for the assault, the city ignited into three days of rioting, looting and violence that left neighborhoods smoldering. 'Twilight: Los Angeles, ' adapted from Anna Deavere Smith's searing one-woman play, captures this tumultuous and challenging moment in America's race relations"--Container.
Film: Twilight, Los Angeles - Full Length Streaming Video on PBS
"Anna Deavere Smith's powerful one-woman theater piece about the 1991 Rodney King beating, the violent aftermath of the 1992 verdict, and the lasting impact of the L.A. riots on America's conscience. Award-winning director Marc Levin weaves Smith's stage performance with news footage and interviews to create a portrait of rage, sorrow, loss, and battered hope."