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Awards & Honors: 2015 Jefferson Lecturer

Anna Deavere Smith Lecture Live Stream

Anna Deavere Smith

Watch the live stream of the 44th Jefferson Lecture featuring Anna Deveare Smith.

Smith, acclaimed actress, playwright, and university professor, will present the 2015 NEH Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities on April 6 at 7:30 PM at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

In her lecture, titled "On the Road: A Search for American Character," Smith will discuss and perform excerpts from her ongoing documentary theater project, begun in the early 1980s, of transforming the words of ordinary people into dramatic monologue. Her Lecture will be followed by an on-stage interview with Jeffrey Brown, senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. 

Watch online and join the national conversation about Anna Deavere Smith's Jefferson Lecture using the hashtag #jefflec15.

The annual Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, sponsored by NEH, is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities. Past Jefferson Lecturers include Walter Isaacson, Martin Scorsese, Wendell Berry, Drew Gilpin Faust, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Bernard Bailyn, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, James McPherson, Barbara Tuchman, and Robert Penn Warren.

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