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Jesse Williams, November 18, 2017, December 20, 2019

 File — Box: 10, Item: DVD 11-6-1392-120-BD
Identifier: I

Scope and Contents

Contains digital video of actor and activist Jesse Williams' November 18, 2017 appearance in Alumni Arena for the 2017-2018 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Begins with an introduction by Undergraduate Student Association president Leslie Veloz (0:15), followed by a question and answer session hosted by alumna and former Student Association president Naniette Coleman, in which Williams answers the following questions from the audience: What did you want to be, and what issues mattered to you as a 20-year-old? (7:11); Can you describe your journey through an array of post-graduation jobs, and what kept you going through this journey? (10:36); Do you feel people underestimate you based on the way you look? (21:44); What does Grey's Anatomy mean to you, and are there particular parts of the show you are proud of? (24:22); How do you feel about the tremendous character development that led to the Dr. Jackson Avery (Williams' character in "Grey's Anatomy") you play today? (28:03); Is Hollywood ready to take on social justice? (33:58); How did you get involved in Black Lives Matter, and do you consider your work in film to be part of that movement? (43:10); Concerning Black Lives Matter, how do you support the story of a movement started by black, queer woman without becoming the story? (48:32); How do you define yourself as a multi-hyphenate? (50:27); Are you still working on a Harry Belafonte biopic? (55:26); What do you do for self-care? (58:04); Are you worried that your activism will hinder your own advancement opportunities in your career? (1:00:58); What's happening now in America that we need to be paying attention to? How do we recover from the regression we're seeing right now? (1:04:47); What is your best criteria for measuring success? (1:11:22); Where do you find hope in the middle of all this? (1:19:05). Video cuts out at 1:19:59.


  • November 18, 2017
  • Migrated: December 20, 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The recording of the Distinguished Speaker Series event with Jesse Williams, November 18, 2017 may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


0.450 Gigabytes (1 file (1:19:59 hours))

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DVD 11-6-1392-120-BD

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Digital files created by William Regan and the Office of Special Events were transferred to the University Archives on various types of storage media including compact discs and digital optical discs. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles and file titles were altered to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.

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