Public Forum: Talking About Race

Fri, May 30 & Sat, May 31 at 7:00 PM

Anspacher Theater

Leading artists and academics take the stage for a conversation about race in 2014 in response to two seminal conversations from history. Directed by Anna Deavere Smith in her classic “documentary theater” style, four actors will perform excerpts of Mike Wallace’s 1959 interview with Lorraine Hansberry, as well as from Margaret Mead’s legendary 1971 conversation with James Baldwin. Featuring David Aaron Baker (Mike Wallace), Meg Gibson (Margaret Mead), Brian Tyree Henry (James Baldwin), and Katherine Ella Wood (Lorraine Hansberry).

Friday, May 30 
The Hansberry/Wallace and Baldwin/Mead conversations will be followed by a provocative discussion between Anna Deavere Smith and author and experimental psychologist Steven Pinker about race and language in 2014.

Saturday, May 31 
The Hansberry/Wallace and Baldwin/Mead conversations will be followed by a discussion that views race through the lens of contemporary science, featuring Dr. Victor Carrion of Stanford University, Dr. Rob DeSalle of the American Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Evelynn Hammonds of Harvard University.

Presented by The Public Theater, Anna Deavere Smith Works at The Aspen Institute, and The American Museum of Natural History.

The Aspen InstituteAmerican Museum of Natural History

PUBLIC FORUM, now in its fourth year, presents the theater of ideas. It carries on Joe Papp's mission of connecting the work of The Public Theater with the issues that face society at large. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, this series of conversations and performances features leading voices in politics, media, and the arts.

*Plus standard $5 per ticket service (waived when you buy in person at Box Office) and $2 per ticket facility fees.

Public Forum
Talking About Race
Science, Politics, Art
1959—1970—2014

Performance & Reflection on the words of James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Margaret Mead, Mike Wallace

Conversations with Dr. Victor Carrion, Dr. Rob DeSalle, Dr. Evelynn Hammonds, Steven Pinker, Anna Deavere Smith

Performances by David Aaron Baker, Meg Gibson, Brian Tyree Henry, Katherine Ella Wood

Conceived and directed by Anna Deavere Smith