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Anna Deavere Smith: Award-winning Playwright & Journalist

Winner of the 35th George Polk Career Award for ‘courageous and authentic journalism,’ Anna Deavere Smith’s theatrical productions have been hailed as a highly original and incisive form of journalism. 

When it comes to understanding our complex society, Smith is both student and teacher. Drawing from thousands of interviews from all across the country with people from all walks of life, her plays weave separate accounts into a cohesive narrative that explore everything from race and healthcare, to education, civic engagement and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Anna Deavere Smith is “the American theater’s most dynamic and sophisticated oral historian.” –  The New York Times.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning actress and playwright, all of Smith’s speaking engagements include theatrical performance elements as she transforms herself into actual individuals selected from her one-on-one interviews that delve into the social issues haunting America. 

Named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Smith has appeared on television in Nurse Jackie and The West Wing, and in films such as Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, and The American President. Apart from acting, she is also a University Professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and an affiliate with the NYU School of Law.

Watch: Ambassador Samantha Power 'Are you truly incapable of shame'

Ambassador Samantha Power addresses the UN, challenges Russia, Syria, and Iran over Aleppo

The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power has been called the “conscience” of the United States and “the activist-in-chief.” Now available for speaking engagements, Ambassador Power was one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” and TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.”

Noah Feldman: Harvard Law Professor & Bloomberg View Columnist

Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman has been praised for bringing “clarity to complexity” on issues of American law, as well as foreign policy, politics, and religion.  

When an executive order on immigration is being challenged in the courts or the Supreme Court is hearing a controversial case, people turn to Noah Feldman and his nonpartisan Bloomberg View columns

His speaking topics include: 

  • Supreme Court 2017: What’s Happening Now and What the Future Holds
  • Ethics and Leadership
  • The Geopolitics of the Middle East
  • The Future of Global Competition
  • America Through a Legal Lens: The Hard Questions of Politics, Race, and Civil Liberties

 

Called “one of the stars of his generation” by Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His books include Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great JusticesCool War: The Future of Global Competition, and The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State.