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Think Forum: Suzan-Lori Parks (2016)


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Jennifer Starkey
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The Kelvin Smith Library provides the campus community with access to world-class research collections, technology-equipped classrooms and meeting spaces, state-of-the-art digital resources and even a café.  In support of the “Think Forum Lecture Series”, the library offers a selection of resources accessible in this “Research Guide”.

This guide was prepared for the Think Forum Lecture Series by Suzan-Lori Parks on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The topic being explored by Parks is “Between Performance and Conversation".

This Kelvin Smith Library Research Guide offers a variety of information below, plus more on these additional pages:



Named among Time magazine’s "100 Innovators for the Next Wave," Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for Excellence in the Arts.  Other grants and awards include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also a recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts, and a Guggenheim Foundation Grant.  She and is an alum of New Dramatists and of Mount Holyoke College.

Among the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today, Suzan-Lori Parks’ lectures are part performance and part storytelling. Audience members can expect an energy packed performance and readings from her work, including the Broadway hit, TopDog/Underdog, which earned her the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama—making her the first African-American woman to win the award.

Think Forum Related Guides

These guides were created to support the previous Town Hall series and the current Think Forum Lecture Series. They are listed in the order of newest first.

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