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Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks: On Social Justice, Race and Health
November 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
THE INAUGURAL EVENT FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL HUMANITIES AND ETHICS
VAGELOS COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
SUZAN-LORI PARKS: A TALK & DRAMATIZATION ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, RACE AND HEALTH
“Listening is a form of offering healing to the speaker. When we listen to the person telling his/her story, we offer an opportunity to heal, just by hearing them.”
“I encourage my students. I am aware that the guru is the one who holds the light, not the one who has all the answers. Don’t fill an empty vessel but treat students as those who know, and try to uncover that.”
“How do we present ourselves as universalists in our art making? One can always be misread and misunderstood. There’s no surefire way. Just keep repeating your truth, regardless of what happens.”
She is at work on her second novel and is writing an adaptation of the film “The Harder They Come” for a live stage musical. Ms. Parks has just finished a new film adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son and is working on a film script about legendary singer Billie Holiday. The World Premiere of her new play, “White Noise,” opens at the Public Theater in early spring, 2019.
We are honored to have her speak at the first event of the new Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia.”