How has systemic racial injustice shaped American life? Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," will share her expert insight in a moderated Q&A on Friday, Sept. 27,
Alexander’s work explores the role race plays in the legal system as well as other elements of racial injustice and inequality throughout American history. The New York Review of Books has praised her seminal best-seller, which unveils the structural racism behind the American criminal justice system and the colorblindness that clouds it, as "striking in the intelligence of her ideas, her powers of summary, and the force of her writing."
Alexander, a social justice advocate, legal scholar, New York Times columnist and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, was a 2005 recipient of the Soros Justice Fellowship. She holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and Stanford Law School. "The New Jim Crow" won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction.
Alexander’s visit to Kenyon is sponsored by the Faculty Lectureships program. The event, to be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 740-427-5592.
Alexander’s address is a highlight of the Kenyon Black Student Union’s 50th anniversary celebration. The event is also part of Kenyon’s yearlong celebration of 50 years of coeducation and women at Kenyon.
Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm
Rosse Hall Auditorium
105 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022