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Washington Ideas Roundtable with Poet Clint Smith

The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series featured Poet Clint Smith in a discussion on art, activism, and education.

Watch the discussion:

Clint Smith
Poet, Educator, PhD Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education & author, Counting Descent

in conversation with
Damian Woetzel
Director, the Aspen Institute Arts Program

Clint Smith spoke with Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel about his first poetry collection, Counting Descent, and the themes of race, equity, opportunity, imagination, and activism that it explores.

Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University. A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient, his research interests include mass incarceration, race, and inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where the Maryland Humanities Council named him 2013 Teacher of the Year. Smith is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, and his writing has been published in the The New Yorker, The Guardian, and American Literary Review. His TED Talks, “The Danger of Silence” and “How to Raise a Black Son in America,” collectively have been viewed more than four million times. 

The Washington Ideas Roundtable Series
is made possible with the generous support of Michelle Smith and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation.

Event information
Thu Dec 15, 2016
12:00pm - 1:30pm GMT+0000
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle
Washington, DC