The Think Forum speaker series will open Tuesday, Nov. 1, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

Her lecture, which is titled “Between Performance and Conversation,” will be held at 6 p.m. at the university’s Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

Parks won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit TopDog/Underdog, which made her the first African-American woman to win the award.

Parks’ work is highly acclaimed, from her adaptation of Porgy and Bess, which won the Tony Award for best musical revival in 2012, to her most recent play in New York City, Father Comes Home From The Wars, which won the 2014 Horton Foote Prize and the Kennedy Prize for Drama.

She’s also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation Grant and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.

The Think Forum will include four performances total, with two held in the fall and two in the spring. For a full schedule of speakers, visit

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