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John C. Pace Symposium Series, CLINT SMITH, 2017 Black History Month Speaker
Start Date: 2/23/2017Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 2/23/2017End Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description:
Pensacola, Fla. – The University of West Florida Office of Equity and Diversity will host renowned poet Clint Smith as the keynote speaker for Black History Month. The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the University Commons Auditorium, Building 22, on the UWF Pensacola campus.

Smith is a writer, acclaimed spoken word poet, an award-winning teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University. His two TED Talks, “The Danger of Silence” and “How to Raise a Black Son in America,” have been viewed more than four million times. In 2014, his poetry earned spotlight as the National Poetry Slam champion and Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Clint Smith to UWF,” said Dr. Doug Thompson, assistant dean for equity and diversity. “Clint is a nationally recognized poet who passionately shares stories of justice, education and community. I am expecting this to be a powerful evening and an amazing experience for our campus.” Smith is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was named the 2013 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council. His work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The American Poetry Review,” “The Guardian,” “Harvard Educational Review,” and “Boston Review” among others. His debut poetry collection, “Counting Descent,” was released in September by Write Bloody Publishing.

Smith is also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. This is a free event, open to the public and will conclude with a book signing. The book signing will begin at 7 p.m. For more information about the Office of Equity and Diversity, visit
Location Information:
UWF Pensacola Campus - University Commons  (View Map)
11000 University Pkwy.
Building 22
Pensacola, FL 32514
Phone: (850) 474-2406
Room: Auditorium
Contact Information:
Name: Office of Equity and Diversity
Phone: 850.474.2059
Clint Smith Speaker
Attachments For This Event:
    > Clint Smith Flyer - FEB 23, 2017
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  • Current Students
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    Academic Affairs: University College
  • Equity and Diversity
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    Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations is requested to advise UWF by contacting ADA Program Office 850.474.2518 or 711 (TTY) at least two (2) business days prior to the event. For information or to submit a request, visit the Public Event Accommodation Page or email

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