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Roger Guenveur Smith: Frederick Douglass NOW

7PM, Sep 27 & 8PM, Sep 28, 2018

Hopkins Center for the Arts 

This tour-de-force solo show explores the life of the great 19th-century African American orator, writer, thinker and activist—whose ideas on racial and gender equality still resonate. An actor, writer and Spike Lee film veteran (School Daze, Do the Right Thing), Smith brings Douglass’s ideas into the present moment, mingling the abolitionist’s words with original text, slam poetry, music and contemporary performance elements.


As the country marks the 200th anniversary of Douglass’s birth, Smith deftly exposes where we stand on the matters of freedom and dignity Douglass articulated. Smith last performed at Dartmouth in 1997 with his Obie Award-winning solo show on Huey P. Newton.

(Ticket included as part of the registration)

Advanced Film Screening:
The Hate U Give

Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

D: George Tillman Jr, USA, 2018, 2h 12 m.

(Private Screening: Summit Participants & Invited Students)

Film Screening:

Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Rafael Casal co-wrote/star in this hyper-relevant buddy dramedy about a man on parole who witnesses a police shooting.


With hip-hop-style dialogue, this wildly entertaining snapshot of a rapidly gentrifying Oakland “ought to be seen by the widest audience possible” (New York Times).

D: Carlos López Estrada, US, 2018, 1h35m

(Ticket included as part of the registration)

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