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10th Annual Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony

  1. Tuesday May 31 5:00pm  –  7:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium

The University of Michigan Women of Color in the Academy Project will present its 10th Annual Shirley Verrett Award to Professor of Theatre & Drama, the Residential College, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, American Culture, and English Language and Literature, Ashley Lucas. The award ceremony is scheduled for May 31 at 5:00 pm at the Stamps Auditorium. There may be an option to view the program virtually or as a recording.

Dr. Lucas will be recognized for her visionary leadership that demonstrates the power of theatre to change lives and promote social justice. Her mentorship of women, in particular, has been exemplary.

This year’s award ceremony will include a special guest performance by Dr. Marcía Porter, an award-winning soprano and Professor of Voice at Florida State University. A cousin and former student of Shirley Verrett’s, Dr. Porter is a passionate champion of extraordinary female artists and scholars of color at the University of Michigan and beyond.

The event is free and open to the public, however, registration is requested. Feel free to forward this invitation to those who may be interested in learning more about Shirley Verrett and Ashley Lucas' impact on academia and the Arts.

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co-sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women and the Residential College.

Free Registration Required