In partnership with ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Mesa Arts Center Opportunities for 55+ are proud to offer this free lecture.


Legendary actor Sidney Poitier was among the most respected, honored, and universally recognized screen artists of the 1950s and 60s before becoming an influential and successful director, author, and humanitarian in his later years. In this exploration of Poitier’s life, Dr. Jason Davids Scott, associate professor of the Sidney Poitier New American Film School, reconsiders the Poitier legacy as an ongoing call for inclusive progress, shared responsibility, and abiding respect of one’s family and culture. Join the conversation and share your memories of Poitier’s most impactful performances.


Join us at 10:00 AM for a free coffee reception before the lecture! 


Date: Thursday, October 12


Time: 10:00 AM - Coffee Reception | 10:30 AM - Lecture Begins


Location: Mesa Arts Center| Mesa Contemporary Art Museum | Dobson Lecture Hall 


Parking: Free parking available in our parking lot on the northeast corner of 1st Avenue and Center Street, in addition to Main Street and Sirrine.


To Register:

Please send an email to or call Pam Iriqui at 480-644-6621.


There is NO fee for participation in this class.