Deavere Smith to Speak on 'The Narrative of Ferguson'

Playwright and actor will address “The Narrative of Ferguson”

Anna Deavere Smith will speak at Duke March 8. Photo courtesy of the Royce Carlton Agency
Playwright, actor and professor Anna Deavere Smith will address the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and other recent racially charged events at Duke University Tuesday, March 8. The talk, “From Rodney King to Michael Brown: Anna Deavere Smith on the Narrative of Ferguson,” takes place at 7 p.m. in Duke’s Reynolds Industries Theater.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. from the Duke Box Office, (919) 684-4444. Tickets are also available online at for a service charge of $1.50 each.  In addition to her roles in film and on television, Deavere Smith is known for creating and performing one-woman shows based on interviews with people from a wide range of backgrounds. She has been awarded a National Humanities Medal and a “genius” fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. Deavere Smith is a University Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is affiliated with the NYU School of Law. The event, part of the Jean Fox O’Barr Distinguished Speaker Series, is presented by Duke’s Baldwin Scholars program in partnership with the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, the Gates Millennium Scholars, the Duke departments of Theater Studies and Women’s Studies, and the university’s Office of Housing, Dining and Residence Life.