Award-Winning Teacher | Acclaimed Spoken Word Poet
Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship with research interests that include mass incarceration, race, and the history of U.S. inequality. Previously, he taught high school English…
Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society (CIS). He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship with research interests that include mass incarceration, race, and the history of U.S. inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council.
He has spoken at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, the Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. He has been profiled in The Washington Post, Vox, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News and the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom.” His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 4 million times.
Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Fellow, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Boston Review, American Literary Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poems, Counting Descent, is forthcoming from Write Bloody Publishing in September 2016.
Clint earned a BA in English from Davidson College and is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public School System.
He enjoys wool socks, burritos, and 3v3 pickup soccer – not necessarily all at the same time.
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
The Danger of Silence
What are the consequences of our silence in the face of other’s suffering? How can we move from being bystanders to the world around us, and into active, empathetic citizens? Clint Smith using his experience as a teacher and poet to share personal stories of justice, community, and education to illuminate how we can all recognize the power of our voice.
Spoken Word Poetry in the Classroom
How can spoken word poetry be used to enhance student investment and change the culture of a classroom?
Clint Smith is an award winner educator, National Poetry Slam champion, and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. He has spoken at the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and numerous universities throughout the country.
Listen as Clint shares how spoken word poetry can be used in the classroom to transform the way students think about literature and writing.
Understanding Across Lines of Difference
In an increasingly diversifying world, it is essential for us to develop the skills and understanding to empathize across lines of differences. Clint Smith shares his poetry and personal story of navigating differences and understanding that we all share a common humanity.
Writing for Social Change
Writing has the transformative power to help us not only to imagine a new world, but to construct it. Clint leads writing workshops all over the world from state prisons to Ivy League universities, and finds that we all share the desire to create a better society. Listen as Clint discusses how creative writing can be used to start important dialogue that leads to action.
Clint Smith: How to raise a black son in America
Clint Smith performs " History Reconsidered"
Clint Smith - Talks at Google
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