Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed book calls attention to the mass incarceration of African-Americans in the United States.
Friday, November 22, 2013
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” challenges the conventional wisdom that our nation has “triumphed over race” with the election of Barack Obama, and argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial under-caste.
Alexander, whose book is a New York Times Best-Seller and won the NAACP Image Award, is a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and professor at The Ohio State University. She was previously an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics.
“Michelle Alexander reminds us of the complex ways that we are implicated in the suffering of others and she illustrates this through haunting statistics, narratives, and social realities of which many of us are unaware. Lesley University is honored to host this luminary and prophetic voice.,” says Dr. David Goodman, an assistant professor of psychology, who is director of the Psychology and the Other Institute at Lesley University.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Lesley’s Washburn Auditorium, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge. For more information, click here.
Michelle Alexander previously worked as a civil rights lawyer and advocate in both the private and non-profit sector. For several years, she served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she helped to lead a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University.
Lesley’s Psychology and the Other Institute, which facilitates interdisciplinary conversation between psychology, theology/religious studies and philosophy, presents Michelle Alexander along with the Lesley University Office of the Provost, Lesley’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Lesley Diversity Council. The Emmanuel Levinas Lecture Series takes place two to three times per year and features a scholar/activist who represents a pressing need in the world and speaks to an issue of significant ethical importance. Levinas was a Lithuanian philosopher who was concerned about the failing moral systems in Western society. This lecture series is intended to highlight important contemporary issues that pertain to human responsibility and ethics.
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