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BELOIT, Wis. — Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, an author and actress from HBO’s critically acclaimed show The Wire, is scheduled to make a visit to Beloit College Monday and Tuesday, April 9-10.
Pearson’s visit is in association with a course being taught by Beloit faculty titled “Untangling The Wire: The TV Serial as a Transformational Work.”
The main event is a talk with Pearson from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 9, in the Morse Study Lounge.
“Beyond the Wire: A Conversation with Actor Felicia Pearson” is an “Inside the Actor’s Studio”-type interview and open to the public. A Q & A will take place at the end, if possible.
The following day, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Pearson will be at the Turtle Creek Bookstore, 444 E. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wis., for a book signing of her memoir, Grace After Midnight (2007).
In the book, the East Baltimore, Md., native writes about her birth as a 3-pound crack baby, her placement into foster care, and the time she spent in a state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense.
In her book, Pearson also reveals how she turned her life around and scored the role on The Wire, a show about the Baltimore drug scene seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.
Pearson will also discuss her character, Snoop, and answer questions about her experiences on the series with the students from the “Untangling The Wire” course.
During her two-day visit, Pearson will also visit acting classes and a nonfiction creative writing class, as well as hold an episode viewing with students.
Finally, as part of an Education and Youth Studies course, Pearson will also go to the Beloit School District’s Eclipse Center Charter School, which works with at-risk youth.
“Certainly, we’re all — students and faculty involved in the course — eager to hear about her experiences working on the show; but just as important is the opportunity to learn more about the series’ larger themes: the ‘other America,’ as the series’ creator David Simon put it,” said Donna Oliver, one of the instructors of “Untangling The Wire.” “At a college like Beloit, where we place so much emphasis on social justice, life stories like Felicia Pearson’s serve to remind us of how far we still need to go to battle the effects of poverty, drugs and inner-city violence in this country.”
Posted April 6, 2012