Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson

Sunday, June 21, 2020 7:30 pm

06/21/2020 7:30 pm 06/21/2020 America/Los_Angeles Carol Anderson Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. Carol Anderson is one of the premier scholars of black American history. Anderson’s viral op-ed for the Washington Post explored the concept of “white rage” after Ferguson, Missouri erupted in 2014. Her subsequent book, White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Her latest book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (2018), is a history of voter suppression in America.

The Q&A moderator for this event will be Brian J. Carter, the Executive Director of 4Culture.

“White rage recurs in American history,” Anderson writes in White Rage. “It exploded after the Civil War, erupted again to undermine the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision and took on its latest incarnation with Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House. For every action of African American advancement, there’s a reaction, a backlash.”

Anderson’s work explores the insidious policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that demolished the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This decision, called the Shelby ruling, effectively allows districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

Anderson earned both her graduate and master’s degree in political science, international relations, and history from Miami University. She earned a PhD in history from Ohio State University in 1995. Her career as a professor started at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was awarded the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching. She published her first book, Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, in 2003. The book received both the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award and the Myrna F. Bernath Book Award.

In 2005, Anderson was awarded a fellowship at Harvard University, where she worked on her next book, Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 (2015). The following year, White Rage was released and named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Review of Books. The book was chosen as a New York Times Editor’s Choice in July of 2016, and Anderson was named number 11 on the Politico 50 List that same year.

Anderson is currently the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her writing has been featured in The Atlantic, the Guardian, and Huffington Post.

Brian J. Carter is the Executive Director of 4Culture, where he serves as chief executive officer, creating and maintaining a clear vision for this cultural funding organization. He oversees development and implementation of all services, programs, and projects that support and advance the organization’s vision, mission, and values. Brian acts as the primary liaison to elected officials, community partners, constituents, and stakeholders, building effective relationships that promote, support, and nurture a culturally healthy King County. Prior to this position, Brian served as Director of Interpretation at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, in Seattle, WA; Museum Director at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Oregon; and was a founding staff member of the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, where he served as Deputy Director/Head Curator. Carter graduated with high honors from Stanford University, where he majored in American history with a minor in African and African American studies. He is also a graduate of the University of Washington Master of Arts in Museology. He is the Immediate Past President of the Board of the Association of African American Museums, a member of the American Alliance of Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Task Force, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Washington’s Museum Studies Certificate Program.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Know Before You Go

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Have a question for the speaker?

Want to ask Carol Anderson something? Send your question to SAL’s Associate Director at—it might be asked onstage!


Island Books will have copies of Anderson’s work available for purchase at their table in the lobby.

Patrons & Grand Patrons, you're invited to Happy Hour!

Patrons & Grand Patrons, join us for light bites and wine on the Promenade at Benaroya Hall from 6:30 to 7:15.

Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Seneca Street exit and move into the left lane. Turn left onto First Avenue and proceed one block. Take the next right (at the Hammering Man sculpture) onto University Street. Continue up the hill two blocks to Third Avenue. Turn left onto Third Avenue. Continue to the next block and turn left onto Union Street. Make the next left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Southbound Highway 99 (Aurora Avenue)
    Take the Denny Way/Downtown exit. Keep right and cross over Denny Way onto Wall Street. Proceed approximately five blocks and turn left onto Second Avenue. Continue south on Second Avenue approximately eight blocks. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Public Transit (Bus & Light Rail)
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. This option is present at every event at Benaroya Hall in our 2019/20 Season.

Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Benaroya Hall has an infrared hearing system, which transmits sound by light beams. Headsets are available in The Boeing Company Gallery coat check and the Head Usher stations in both lobbies.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at our venues, and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Among other features, Benaroya Hall has designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in their parking garage. Elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. A unisex restroom is also available. For more details on their accessibility features, click here.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive.  Our Patron Services Manager is available at, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.