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CANCELED: Reed Community Reading Project: Michelle Alexander

By Community Reading Project

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, Michelle Alexander had to cancel all of her spring speaking engagements, including her visit to Reed. This event is unfortunately canceled. We are working with her to reschedule this event for a later date. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.


Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," will join us for a lecture and Q&A on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Reed College. A book signing will follow the lecture.

About The New Jim Crow: The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status - denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. The New Jim Crow challenges all of us to place mass incarceration at the forefront of the movement for racial justice in America. Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the Daily Kos, "explosive" by Kirkus,and "profoundly necessary" by the Miami Herald, The New Jim Crow, with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience. 

About Michelle Alexander: Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. Alexander is an associate professor of law at The Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was formerly the director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Project in Northern California and an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed its Civil Rights Clinics.

This event is free and open to the public. There are no tickets or reservations, and seating is first come, first served. An ASL interpreter will be provided. For information on getting to Reed, please visit: https://www.reed.edu/getting-to-reed.html. Question, concerns, or accommodation requests can be made to institutional.diversity@reed.edu.

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