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An Evening with Michelle Alexander

Thu, February 18th, 2021
7:30 pm
- 9:00 pm

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Michelle Alexander brings audiences profoundly necessary and meaningful insights on the practice of mass incarceration that plagues the U.S. justice system, as well as eye-opening conversation on how we can end racial caste in America.

In her acclaimed best-seller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle peels back the curtain on systemic racism in the American prison system, which the New York Review of Books described as “striking in the intelligence of her ideas, her powers of summary, and the force of her writing.” In January of 2020, the 10th Anniversary edition of this award-winning book released. With equal force and candor on stage, she breaks the silence about racial injustice in the modern legal system to reveal how mass incarceration has come to replace segregation.

Michelle, a legal scholar, social justice advocate, columnist at The New York Times and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, explores the myths surrounding our criminal justice system from a racial and ethical standpoint, and offers solutions for combating this epidemic. Delivering an emphatic wake-up call from the “colorblind slumber” that our country has fallen under, she leaves audiences with a new perspective on the challenges facing the civil rights community and a rousing call-to-action for a multi-racial, multi-ethnic human rights movement for justice in America.

Michelle Alexander will engage in a moderated conversation with Kelsey Jones ’08, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education, followed by audience Q&A. This will take place via Zoom webinar. This is a keynote event for Claiming Williams 2021 and is open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

The theme for Claiming Williams 2021 is “From Racial Injustice to Restoration.” Throughout the day, we aim to explore the ways in which structural racial inequities, racism, and bigotry on campus and in the wider world have shaped the Williams College experience for students, faculty and staff.

This event is free and open to the public. Closed captioning provided. This event will also air live on WilliNet Channel 1303 in Williamstown.

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