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Cherise Smith, Ph.D, Director JES A232A, Mailcode D7200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-1784

Lecture: "The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" - Michelle Alexander, Professor of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University's Moritz College

Fri, September 23, 2011 • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM • Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard Street, Austin, 78702

Lecture: “The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

Michelle Alexander - Professor of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State University's Moritz College

Friday, September 23rd; 7:00 PM

Wesley United Methodist Church

1164 San Bernard Street

Hosted by University United Methodist Church

 

Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow”

Michelle Alexander will speak about her acclaimed book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” which argues that the mass incarceration of African American men has created a racial under-caste subject to legalized discrimination and social exclusion. Alexander will explain that while it is no longer socially permissible to use race as a justification for discrimination, it is legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination -- employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service -- are suddenly legal.

Alexander is a professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. She also has taught at Stanford Law School, where she served as director of the Civil Rights Clinic. Alexander began teaching after directing the Racial Justice Project of the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded the national campaign against racial profiling.

A question period, reception and book signing will follow the lecture.

Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1164 San Bernard Street, Austin, 78702

Sponsored by: John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies


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