"Nurse Jackie" Actress and Educator to Deliver Keynote at Conference on Innovation


Actress, playwright and educator Anna Deavere Smith, known for her roles on "The West Wing" and "Nurse Jackie," will deliver the keynote address at a CNR conference presenting innovation in literature, theater, science, and a host of other fields.

Smith, a professor in Performance Studies at NYU, recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1996, and nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, will be speaking at the College's first annual Institute for Imagination, Inquiry, and Innovation on March 2. The conference seeks to bring together imaginative thinkers and practitioners to question the status quo, move ideas and best practices forward, and share their perspectives.

Other programs include a performance and workshop by poet, musician, and storyteller David Gonzalez, new ways of teaching French literature, an examination of female characters in the films of Ridley Scott, and the role of art therapy in restoring neurological functions.

For a complete conference schedule, registration and more information, go to http://events.cnr.edu/institute/.