Caroll Spinney, Sonia Manzano, and Michael Davis will be speaking about Sesame Street for an event at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. “The Role of Sesame Street in the Development of Cultural Awareness” will take place on Monday, February 15, 2016 at 7:30 PM. The lecture will be in Hall Auditorium.
Caroll Spinney is best known for performing both “Big Bird” and “Oscar the Grouch” on Sesame Street since the show began in 1969. He was the recent subject of a documentary by Copper Pot Pictures. The film, I Am Big Bird, is now available on digital download, DVD and Blu-ray.
Sonia Manzano joined the cast of Sesame Street during the third season in 1971. She portrayed “Maria” on the show until her retirement at the end of the 45th season in 2015. She wrote for the show and has authored several books, including her recently published memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.
Journalist Michael Davis is the executive editor of the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon. He is also the author of the 2008 book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street.
Tickets are currently only available to Miami University students, faculty, and staff. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning at 8:00 AM on Friday, February 12 by calling (513) 529-3200. There is a limit of two tickets per request.