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September 21, 2005

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum

An evening of dramatic readings from Voices of a People's History of the United States, edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove. Voices is the long-awaited primary-source companion volume to Zinn's best-selling A People's History of the United States. It features the words of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past -- and present. Featuring Howard Zinn (narrator) and Anthony Arnove (narrator), with actors Wally Shawn, Kerry Washington, Brian Jones and Christina Kirk and others to be announced!

About Howard Zinn:

Howard Zinn is a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award, and the Lannan Literary Award. His books include Howard Zinn on Democratic Education, The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy and You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. He is perhaps best known for A People's History of the United States, which presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment.

About Wally Shawn:

Wallace Shawn is the author of Marie and Bruce, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Fever, The Designated Mourner, and other plays. He has made notable appearances in films such as Starting Over, All That Jazz, Lovesick, and My Dinner With Andre. Many people believe the film version of Marie and Bruce will be released in 2005. Shawn is the editor of the magazine Final Edition, whose first (and last) issue has appeared, featuring works by Deborah Eisenberg, Jonathan Schell, and Mark Strand, with an interview of Noam Chomsky by the editor.

About Anthony Arnove:

Anthony Arnove is the editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People?s History of the United States. He is also the editor of Terrorism and War with Howard Zinn and Iraq Under Siege. He is a regular contributor to ZNet, and his writing has also appeared in The Nation, Financial Times, International Socialist Review, L'Humanite, Le Nouvelle Observateur, and other publications. Arnove is a member of the International Socialist Organization and the National Writers Union.

About Brian Jones:

Brian Jones studied Acting and Directing in Brown University's Department of Theater, Speech, and Dance. Brian Jones has toured across the country as Marx in Howard Zinn's one-man play Marx in Soho since 1999. He recently lent his voice to the audio recording of Noam Chomsky's new book, Hegemony or Survival. He is a teacher in Harlem, a member of the United Federation of Teachers, Teachers for a Just Contract, and the International Socialist Organization.

About Christina Kirk:

Christina Kirk has appeared in several critically acclaimed theater productions, including [sic] at the Soho Rep, Worldly Acts (Urban Empire), Stage Door (HERE), Cruel and Barbarous Treatment (Gloucester Stage), and David Auburn's Fifth Planet (New York Stage and Film Workshop). She is currently performing in The Civilians at PS122. Her film credits include John Hamburg's Safe Men, Final, directed by Campbell Scott, and the upcoming Bug. She is a graduate of Brown University.

About Kerry Washington:

Winner for ?Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture? for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005 and Nominated for her an Independent Spirit Award for "Best Actress" in the film Lift in 2002, Kerry Washington is proving to be one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood. She has just completed filming the Last King of Scotland with Forest Whitaker in Uganda and can be seen this summer in 20th Century Fox Studios Mr. and Mrs. Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Fantastic Four, directed by Tim Story and based on the beloved Marvel comics superheroes.

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