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Curator Culture: Eric Schmidt & Anna Deavere Smith

Sunday, Jul 12
5:00 pm
- 6:00 pm

This program is now online!

Join us for a virtual panel conversation with Former CEO and Chairman, Google, Eric Schmidt, and award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith, along with host Tom Healy, for a timely discussion around the intersection of education, technology and contemporary activism.


Over the past two years, the Curator Culture series at The Bass has brought together prominent artists and leading architects, scientists, journalists and influential leaders from many fields for public conversations about fostering creativity in a complicated world. The world has suddenly become much more complicated. We now ask questions such as – How do we respond to the profound economic and cultural disruptions that are unfolding during this global pandemic? What actions are being taken in the dismantling of systemic racism amid protests and outrage over police brutality?

We are pleased to share this series with our community at no cost. If you can, please consider making a 100% tax deductible donation to the museum.

Suggested Donation: $5


Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He joined Google in 2001 and helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology alongside founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Eric served as Google’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 2001-2011, as well as Executive Chairman and Technical Advisor. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. In 2017, he co-founded Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative designed to help exceptional people do more for others by applying science and technology thoughtfully and working together across fields.

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author. She is credited with having created a new form of theater. Smith’s work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. Smith has created over fifteen one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews. Her most recent play and film, Notes from the Field, looks at the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism. Smith has appeared on television series including For the People, Black-ish, Nurse Jackie, and The West Wing. Additional film work includes The American President, Philadelphia, RENT, and Rachel Getting Married.

President Obama awarded Smith the National Humanities Medal in 2013. Additional honors include the prestigious MacArthur Award, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for achievement in the arts, the George Polk Career Award in Journalism, the Dean’s Medal from the Stanford University Medical School, two Tony nominations and several honorary degrees. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In 2019, she was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a University Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Tom Healy is an award-winning poet, curator and activist. He is the chair of O, Miami Poetry Festival and a trustee of PEN America, the organization of writers protecting freedom of expression around the world. Under President Barack Obama, Tom led the international Fulbright Scholars program. He is the author of three books of poetry.

Curator Culture is presented thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.

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Sunday, Jul 12
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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