Deveare Smith, Carrion to discuss problem of school-to-prison pipeline Oct. 23

Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith, whose latest work is called The Pipeline Project, will be in conversation with psychiatrist Victor Carrion, MD, an expert on childhood stress and trauma.

Victor Carrion

Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith will join Victor Carrion, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, onstage for a conversation on the impact of adversity, trauma and limited educational opportunities in the development of children — and the role medicine and art can play in alleviating the problem.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for noon Oct. 23 in the Clark Center auditorium.

“For many poor children, a lack of resources leads to their entanglement in the justice system early in life, limiting opportunity and education further and leading to the school-to-prison pipeline that Anna refers to in her most recent work,” said Carrion, an expert on childhood stress and trauma.

In this latest work, The Pipeline Project, Deveare Smith examines what propels young people in underserved communities from school to incarceration and a lifelong interaction with the criminal justice system. She had called it “the moral dilemma of our time.”

A recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal, Smith is credited with creating a new form of theater: solo documentaries in which she portrays multiple characters to illuminate complex social issues.

Those interested in attending the event should register in advance.


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