Discussion with Michael Sandel

Deeply affected by the disturbing ways that public education interfaces with the criminal justice system, Anna Deavere Smith has chosen to use the theater as a convening place to look at and discuss the problem in Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education. In Act I, Smith performs the students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America's school-to-prison-pipeline. In Act II, audiences are invited to join facilitated conversations about the themes of the show. 
 
For the September 9 performance, Act II will feature a special discussion led by Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University. Sandel’s global lectures have taken him across five continents and packed venues such as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), and an outdoor stadium in Seoul (S. Korea), where 14,000 people came to hear him speak. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets—have been translated into 27 languages. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television.
 
Sandel will be joined by a panel of high school students, teachers, law enforcement officers, and others whose experiences reflect the themes at the center of Anna Deavere Smith’s play. These reflective discussions are a crucial component of the show and an extension of Ms. Smith’s and A.R.T.’s shared mission to expand the boundaries of theater. 
 
Panelists:
 
Lieutenant Leonard DiPietro
Commanding Officer, Cambridge Police Community Services Unit

Mari Gashaw
Student, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Dewayne Green
Student, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

James Johnson
Student, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Teena-Marie Johnson
Cambridge Housing Authority;
Consultant, Youth on Board

Keondre McClay
Student, Edward M. Kennedy Health Careers Academy
Member, Boston Student Advisory Council Working Group

Sumeya Mohamed
Student, James W. Hennigan K-8 School
 
Karalynn Ojeda-Pollard
Student, Bentley University

Colin Rose
Assistant Superintendent of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps,
Boston Public Schools

Jaelle Simpson
Student, John D. O'Bryant School of Math & Science

Damon Smith
Principal, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School

 
 

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