In this special three-part SigSpace Summit series, TWILIGHT: 2020, Anna Deavere Smith invites guests to have candid conversations about how the protests for the arrests of George Floyd’s killers and resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement echo the events around the arrest and beating of Rodney King revisited in her play, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. In this final installment, Anna Deavere Smith invites the perspectives of Susan K. Lee and Dorinne Kondo

Susan K. Lee was the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety for the City of Chicago from July 2019 until this month, and has more than 20 years of experience in leading public safety and community engagement initiatives across the country. She remains as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Lightfoot and will be the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer at Chicago CRED, a social impact organization founded in 2016 by Arne Duncan and Laurene Powell Jobs with the sole purpose of achieving a transformative reduction in Chicago gun violence. As the Senior Director of Safe Chicago Network at Chicago CRED, Lee oversaw direct interventions for communities and individuals at the highest risk of violence in multiple Chicago communities and supports citywide coordination towards reducing shootings and homicides. In addition, Lee is the co-author of the 2007 “A Call to Action: A Case for a Comprehensive Solution to LA’s Gang Violence Epidemic,” a comprehensive report that became the blueprint for the City of Los Angeles taking a new approach to violence. In the implementation of the strategy, she helped to establish a safety infrastructure in the communities most impacted by violence and worked closely with the Los Angeles Police Department to bring new and innovative ways to transform community-police relations. Susan Lee holds a BS in Economics from the University of California Berkeley as well as a JD from Boalt Hall, School of Law, UC Berkeley.

Dorinne Kondo is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at the University of Southern California. Her latest book Worldmaking: Race, Performance and the Work of Creativity (Duke University Press, 2018) theorizes race and power in the theater industry, spotlighting the work of artists of color Anna Deavere Smith and David Henry Hwang. The book upends genre, integrating vignettes, scholarly analysis and Kondo’s play Seamless, a comic drama about the afterlives of Japanese American incarceration in generations born after the camps. She served as a dramaturg for three plays by Anna Deavere Smith, including Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.


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October 28, 2020