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Honors Week Wraps Up With Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Speaker

Posted April 11, 2011
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Nancy Giles

The Honors College welcomes Nancy Giles to Kent State as this year’s Guest of Honor University Artist Lecture Series speaker. Giles will present My Wacky Adventures in Race and Racism, on April 13 at 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The speech is free and open to the public.

After the speech, beginning at 6:30 p.m., a reception for Giles will be held in Room 206 of the Kent Student Center.

CBS Sunday Morning contributor, comedienne and actress Nancy Giles delights TV audiences with her social commentaries and theatre fans with her solo pieces. She is a funny, perceptive and provocative observer of today’s world.

A self-described “six-foot, one-inch black woman who’s not model-thin,” Giles has made her mark dismantling misconceptions about race, feminism and sexism. Her one-woman New York stage show, Black Comedy: The Wacky Side of Racism, was called “smart and unforgiving” by The Village Voice. Her acclaimed work on CBS Sunday Morning has provided the largest audience yet for her unique blend of laugh-out-loud humor and common sense wisdom.

A veteran of Chicago’s esteemed Second City improve troupe and winner of the Theatre World Award for the Off-Broadway musical Mayor, Giles also appeared for three seasons on the TV drama China Beach and played a secretary in the movie Working Girl. In September 2010 Giles performed in the Off-Broadway production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore written by Nora and Delia Ephron.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Office of the Provost and is coordinated by the Honors College.

For addition information or to request special accommodations, call the Honors College at 330-672-2312.