Lectures to tackle race and justice

October 1, 2013 8:45 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

Author and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander will kick off  “Conversations on Power, Privilege, Race and Justice,” a series of lectures that continue through November on the Tulane University uptown campus.

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness will speak on campus on Wednesday (Oct. 2) at 6 p.m. in Dixon Hall. (Photo provided by TUCP)

Alexander’s lecture will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 2) in Dixon Hall.

Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Her book was the 2013 selection for the university’s Reading Project.

Jessica Callahan, chair of the Direction Lectures for Tulane University Campus Programming, says each talk in the series began as individual events, but morphed into an opportunity to have several conversations on the topic of incarceration.

“While we were planning the Direction Lectures in the spring, the topics of race, power and incarceration kept coming up,” says Callahan. “We decided to collaborate with other offices on campus to produce a string of lectures with a common theme.”

In addition to TUCP, the Newcomb-Tulane College Office of Co-curricular Programs, the Office for Gender and Sexual Equality, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Anna Julia Cooper Project are sponsors.

On Oct. 21, Jackie Sumell, co-creator of Herman’s House, an organization that seeks to end solitary confinement, will speak at 8 p.m. in the Kendall Cram room of the Lavin-Bernick Center. On Nov. 18, prison reform activist Angela Davis will lecture at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

“Louisiana is the incarceration capital of the United States and the U.S. is the incarceration capital of the world,” says Callahan. “As an institution of knowledge, we want to encourage students to step out of the Tulane bubble and be aware of what’s happening around them.”

Related events include lectures by Joy DeGruy (Oct. 30), Tim Wise (Nov. 4) and a panel moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry (Nov. 6).

All events are free and open to the public.

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