Duets is a public conversation series that pairs a Dallas Morning News critic or writer with an interesting, influential person who has a Dallas or Texas tie. In each Duet, the speakers talk about their subjects of expertise, but they also compare notes on how they got to where they are and what they learned along the way. What emerges is an unscripted, wide-ranging, free-wheeling conversation.
Fall Duets Dates:
Tuesday, September 3*
Tuesday, October 1* | Mike Wilson, Editor
Tuesday, November 12*
*Date is subject to change
Culture Critic, The Dallas Morning News
Chris writes primarily about film and books. He has written for the Dallas Morning News since 1996. He was the 2009 Nieman Arts and Culture Fellow at Harvard University, and has taught courses on arts journalism and film history. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley.
Host and Managing Editor, KERA FM's Think
Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations.
Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On The Record.
Think has been called the best radio talk show in Dallas numerous times by D Magazine and by the Dallas Observer and has earned honors as PRNDI’s best call-in program.
Reception with light bites and wine
Reception: Light Bites and Wine
Conversation with Anna Kuchment and Katharine Hayhoe
Lauren Smart is a journalist and critic. She is on the faculty of the journalism division at Southern Methodist University. Her work as an arts writer appears regularly in The Dallas Morning News. She works as the critic in residence with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, writing about Northwest Louisiana's visual and performing arts for the Shreveport Times. She also oversees multi-disciplinary programming including the feminist literary arts festival, Women Galore, at The Wild Detectives, a bookstore and cafe in Oak Cliff. She oversees Storytellers Without Borders, a Dallas Public Library and Dallas Morning News initiative that transforms high school students into community journalists using 21st century library resources with funding from the Knight Foundation. Smart worked as the arts and culture editor for the Dallas Observer newspaper. Her work has appeared in D Magazine, Arts + Culture Texas, CultureMap Dallas, Where Traveler, Cowboys & Indians, and American Theatre magazine, among others Smart has published poetry in several literary journals. She holds a master’s in arts journalism from Syracuse University and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and English from Southern Methodist University.