A really cool thing you shouldn’t miss: The New Jim Crow first readings panel


What are you doing today at 4 p.m.? If the answer isn’t attending Brown’s panel on The New Jim Crow, you might consider changing your plans.

Today’s panel, entitled “Following up on The New Jim Crow: The Past, Present and Future of Policing and Mass Incarceration in America,” will discuss Michelle Alexander’s book and its relevance to understanding the current state of hyper-incarceration in the United States. In The New Jim Crow, Alexander highlights the deeply-rooted structural inequalities in America’s prison system and argues that the War on Drugs established and continues to perpetuate many criminal justice policies which disproportionately impact people of color and marginalized populations. This panel will discuss Alexander’s work and (according to the Brown University event blurb) use her findings as a springboard to examine how many of her ideas play out in our society and what is happening “on and off campus” to “address the intersection of policing, prisons, and race.”

On top of its fascinating and highly pertinent content, this event will provide you with the opportunity to hear a rockstar panel of individuals who are deeply engaged in this field through academia and activism. The panel will be moderated by Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of Brown’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. Panelists will include Flint Taylor ’68, a founding partner of the People’s Civil Law Office in Chicago; Elizabeth Hinton, an Assistant Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard; and Cherise Morris ’16, the Co-Editor-in-Chief of bluestockings magazine and a member of both Students Against the Prison-Industrial Complex and Space in Prison for the Arts and Creative Expression. The event is sponsored by the Dean of the College, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and the Departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, and History.

While Sons of Providence might have made a good doorstop in your Keeney dorm way back when, this year’s deeply important and highly relevant First Readings selection will hopefully be one that current first-years carry with them for the rest of their time at Brown and beyond. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a truly pressing conversation on campus.

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