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Saturday, March 24 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Keynoter: Anna Deavere Smith

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"Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education"

Are the American school system and the American incarceration system intertwined? For far too many of our nation’s children these two institutions intersect in ways that serve to derail lives and erase human potential. In this towering keynote—part performance, part lecture—actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith will dissect the school-to-prison pipeline and portray educators, parents, and victims of childhood trauma. Using their own words, drawn from interviews she conducted, Ms. Smith will inhabit this diverse group of people who have witnessed the problems facing disenfranchised children. Their words, and Ms. Smith’s ruminations on education and criminal justice, will shine a light on how school culture can make a lasting difference in the lives of young people. You’ll leave inspired to engage colleagues and students alike in discussions of peace and social justice, consider different perspectives, and reminded of the cosmic principle that all human life is connected and unified.


Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Plaza Ballroom Plaza Concourse Level

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