Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith arrives at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Anna Deavere Smith, a nationally known playwright, educator and actress will give a free, public presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stockton University called “Snapshots: Portraits of a World in Transition".

Deavere Smith, whose credits include roles on The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, Black-ish and Madam Secretary, is the second in the Dean C. and Zoë Pappas Visiting Scholar series. The program was endowed in 2012 by Dean Pappas, a university trustee who died in 2016, and his wife, Zoë. As an undergraduate at Dickinson College in 1961, Dean attended a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an experience which had a life-changing effect on him. The Visiting Scholar program seeks to expose the campus and wider community to thought leaders as profound and inspiring as Dr. King. The inaugural Visiting Scholar was retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the court.

In her presentations, Deavere Smith creates living portraits designed to spark a variety of emotions and points of view on timely issues. Her work grows from interviews she does while traveling through the U.S. and abroad.

Smith’s program has been relocated to the Sports Center. Tickets are free, but access to seating must be pre-arranged. To reserve a seat through the Stockton Performing Arts Center (PAC), please call 609-652-9000 or visit

For more information on the Pappas Visiting Scholar Series, visit

Contact: 609-272-7090

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