Karan Kendrick
Film
Virtual Class Visit

Actress Karan Kendrick

with Dr. Shamell Bell
April 21

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

Listen in as this guest lecturer and acclaimed actress ("Just Mercy", "The Hate U Give") visits a joint session of "Collective Freedom Dreaming" with student organizers from Dr. Bell's Dartmouth and Harvard classes.

20/21 Public Talk

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An award-winning actor and longtime educator, Karan will engage with the students around her artistic process and her personal imperative to "lift as you climb." This event is private to Dr. Bell's students but will be broadcast live on YouTube so viewers can participate via the chat function. The viewing audience will be invited into the class for the last 15 minutes of the event.

This event is presented in partnership with the Theater, Dance & Media concentration at Harvard University.

About Karan Kendrick

Hailed for her powerfully nuanced portrayal of Minnie McMillian in the blockbuster Just Mercy, Karan Kendrick is among the artistic elite.

Additional credits range from The Hunger Games, Hidden Figures and dramas like The Hate U Give, to TV's Grey's Anatomy and Regional Theatre (Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Goodman Theatre, Alliance Theatre). Recent roles include the 2019 comedy Fam-i-l-y, CW's The Originals and Greenleaf on OWN.

In addition to her work as an actor, Karan has served tirelessly for the past decade to provide students with an opportunity to build character, discipline and an eternal passion for the arts. In 2010, she co-founded The Kendrick Academy, a fully virtual school offering weekly online classes in Acting and Screenwriting to students nationwide. Building on her role in Hidden Figures, Karan invited select students across the country to participate in her 2017 Girls Empowerment Tour. You can read more about her educational initiatives here.

Born and raised in Fort Valley, GA, Karan graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA (BA, Drama and Dance) and earned her graduate degree (MBA, Management) at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA.

"I believe in the mantra of 'lifting as you climb.' For me, it wasn't about 'making it' and then giving back. Giving back is a part of who I am and that was the way I chose to share what I was learning and experiencing to students who had similar interests. I wanted them to see—very tangibly—what a working artist looked like, so that they would know that it was an attainable goal."

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