Lydia Rapoport Convocation Presentation

The Smith College School for Social Work is pleased to present its annual Lydia Rapoport Lecture as part of the Public Lecture Series. Lectures are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. (See additional accessibility information below).

Lenelle Moïse, M.F.A. 

Speak These Bodies

Poet and Playwright
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 4:15 p.m.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall

lenelle moiseLenelle Moïse is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit), winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. In her work, influenced by both jazz and hip hop, Moïse explores the intersections of identity, memory and spirit. She performs with theatrical verve, feminist conviction, humor, music and movement. She was the Spring 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at Ithaca College, a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing, the 2017 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, and a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. Her full-length plays include K-I-S-S-I-N-G, the Ruby Prize-winning Merit, The Many Faces of Nia, and the Off-Broadway hit Expatriate. Moïse’s writing has been published in several anthologies including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate. For more information, visit

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

Lectures also provide one and one-half (1.5) Continuing Education Credits (CECs). The cost to register for CECs will be $15 per lecture. Those who wish to earn CECs should arrive 15 minutes ahead of the lecture to register; the registration fee will be collected at that time. Payment must be made by check or money order ONLY.

Accessibility Accommodations

Weinstein Auditorium is wheelchair accessible. For other disability accommodations or sign language interpreters, please contact the Office of the Dean at 413-585-7983 or email, at least two weeks in advance of the lecture.