CANCELED: Reed Community Reading Project: Michelle Alexander

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: Question, concerns, or accommodation requests can be made to

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

Kaul Auditorium
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type

Lecture, Community


Faculty, Students, Open to the Public, Alumni



Community Reading Project
Institutional Diversity
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Kevin 1/25/2017

Will Michelle Alexander save us from the Trumpocalypse?

Charlotte Reese

Charlotte Reese 1/18/2017

What time does the doors open?

Brittney Corrigan-McElroy

Brittney Corrigan-McElroy 1/18/2017

Hello, all. Note that there are no tickets to this event. It is free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first served.

Charlotte Reese

Charlotte Reese 1/17/2017

i really would love to come out to this event, but how to I get my tickets for this event?

Dela Stella

Dela Stella 1/16/2017

I third.... how large is the auditorium? How early should we arrive? Do we need to register?

Dexter Pearce

Dexter Pearce 1/15/2017

I second the question re registration/reserving tickets.

Cassandra Rae

Cassandra Rae 1/14/2017

What time do the doors open?

Aubrey Pagenstecher

Aubrey Pagenstecher 1/14/2017

Do we need to register or reserve tickets for this event?