Clint Smith, Award-Winning Author, to Speak at ACE2023
January 11, 2023

Clint Smith, staff writer at The Atlantic and an award-winning author, will be the closing plenary speaker at ACE2023.

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​​Clint Smith

Smith is the author of the narrative nonfiction book, How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, which was a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and the poetry collection Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Smith's work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.

Smith has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 9 million times. Smith previously 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.

Smith joins Laura Helmuth, editor-in-chief of Scientific American; Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president emeritus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of the National Science Foundation, as major speakers announced for ACE2023. There also will be a variety of sessions on higher ed trends, public policy, and institutional practice and innovation at ACE2023, with more sessions to be detailed soon.

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