Recent Projects

On December 9th, 2015, the IACD collaborated with the American Museum of Natural History on a panel discussion called New Science, New Solutions: Changing the Future for At-Risk Youth. Anna Deavere Smith was joined in conversation with leading thinkers from the sciences, law and ethics: Ana BermudezFrances ChampagneFagan HarrisBruce McEwen, and Dorothy RobertsView the full conversation below.

In May, the IACD hosted a forum called Mattering. This day-long arts convening highlighted new works and works-in-progress from all disciplines, considering race and community in America. Click here to read more about this event.










 In 2014, the Institute hosted a conversation with Jessye Norman at the Museum of Modern Art, coinciding with the release of her memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing! We also collaborated with the Public Theatre and the American Museum of Natural History to present an evening entitled “Talking About Race,” in which classically trained actors recreated two iconic conversations about race – one between dramatist Lorraine Hansberry and journalist Mike Wallace in the 1950s, and one between anthropologist Margaret Mead and novelist James Baldwin which took place in the 1970s. “Talking About Race” was presented to sold-out crowds at the Public Theatre and again at the “Spotlight Health” conference as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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