NPR Presents: The Race Card Project with Michelle Norris

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 8:00pm
Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

The 2014 Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding and Tolarance presents The Race Card Project with Michele Norris, a reflective and theatrical live experience informed and inspired by Norris' award winning work as founder and curator of The Race Card Project where she asks people around the globe to distill their thoughts on race and indentity into six word stories. Her work on The Race Card Project is an outgrowth of her family memoir, The Grace of Silence. Norris, who spent a decade co-hosting NPR's All Things Considered, is one of the most trusted voices in American journalism. Audiences will hear Norris read passages live from her memoir, accompanied by a soundscape of music and audio from The Race Card Project and the NPR archives. Performers, including award-winning poet, Sonia Sanchez, will join Norris on stage to create a tapestry of storytelling that speaks to Norris's personal journey and America's discussions-and silences-sorrounding the complex ans shifting story of race in America.