NPR PRESENTS: 'THE RACE CARD PROJECT WITH MICHELE NORRIS' AT LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
Poet Sonia Sanchez Joins Norris On-Stage for Theatrical Reflections on Race and Identity
FREE: Thursday, January 30 8PM at Baker Hall, For Kenner Lecture Series
January 15, 2014; Bethlehem, P.A. and Washington, D.C. – As part of The Kenner Lecture Series at Lehigh University, NPR Presents "The Race Card Project with Michele Norris" on Thursday, January 30 at 8PM, a reflective and engaging theatrical event inspired by Norris' work to facilitate candid conversations on race and identity. The evening will feature acclaimed poet Sonia Sanchez, who will join Norris to share a selection of her own work. Tickets for the FREE event at Lehigh's Baker Hall are available now and can be reserved here.
As founder and curator of The Race Card Project, Norris asks people around the world to distill their thoughts on race and identity into six word stories. She has collected tens of thousands, sent in on postcards and letters, in tweets and texts – and inspiring a broadcast series on NPR. NPR Presents "The Race Card Project with Michele Norris" brings to life six from the collection: provocative, sometimes humorous, yet always powerful stories from six Americans who share their six words. Actors will join Norris to create a tapestry of storytelling that speaks to Norris's personal journey and America's discussions – and silences – surrounding the complex and shifting story of race in this country.
Norris will also read passages from her family memoir, The Grace of Silence, which inspired this project, set to a soundscape of music and audio from The Race Card Project and the NPR archives. Norris will be joined by Dr. James Braxton Peterson, Director of Africana Studies at Lehigh, to take audiences behind-the-scenes of The Race Card Project and open up the conversation.
Norris, who spent a decade co-hosting NPR's All Things Considered, often explores The Race Card Project in conversations on NPR's morning newsmagazine, Morning Edition. Last summer, she did a series of interviews with participants in the 1963 March on Washington. Each reflected on the progress the country has made and their stories underscored that when it comes to race and equality, there's still work to be done.
NPR Presents is NPR's multiplatform national live events initiative that furthers the mission of public radio. Events bring to the stage world-class content that is as diverse as the American land and sound-scapes, programmed for a curious, culturally-engaged and savvy global audience. NPR Presents is built on the belief in two-way conversations and intimate storytelling with our audience and in collaboration with our member station community.
The Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding and Tolerance is an endowed lecture series of The College of Arts & Sciences at Lehigh University established in 1997 by Jeffrey L. Kenner '65. The Lehigh University Department of Africana Studies is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
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