The Dangers of Silence

February 12, 2019 / 7 PM / RSVP
Clint Smith
February 12, 2019
7 PM / Garver Gym
Mr. Smith will address all secondary students the same day.

Clint Smith is an acclaimed writer, award-winning teacher, and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. His debut collection of poems Counting Descent was published in 2016 by Write Bloody Publishing. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. As a researcher and poet, Clint’s work lies at the intersection of art and social science, creating a unique lens through which to think about American social stratification. Clint discusses the ideas of silence and empathy—both on a macro and micro level context. What are the historical silences that have shaped the landscape of our country and often go unacknowledged? What are the interpersonal silences that we perpetuate with our complicity? In what ways is our empathy towards people often contingent on the identity of those individuals? In this talk, Clint helps us to understand and address how families and students are deeply affected by their everyday experiences in this age of political and social tumult. Clint shares personal stories to illuminate how we as individuals can all recognize the power of our voice to create a stronger community.


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