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Humanities Symposium

2017 Humanities Symposium

Slavery and Justice from Antiquity to the Present

February 20-24, 2017

Call For Participation

The Executive Committee of the Center for Public Humanities is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2017 Spring Humanities Symposium: “Slavery and Justice from Antiquity to the Present.” We welcome proposals from educators, staff, students from across campus.  Please submit your proposal below any time before Friday, October 6, 2016.

Symposium Description

The weeklong symposium will serve as an opportunity for the college and wider community to engage in meaningful interdisciplinary and cross disciplinary conversations that include but are not limited to historical forms of slavery, slavery’s role in the history and formation of the Americas and our modern world, the ways these legacies continue to shape our contemporary world, ongoing forms of human bondage and local and global injustice.

In anticipation of a rich dialogue across disciplines, we welcome individual or collaborative proposals for symposium sessions or events from all departments, faculty members, campus offices, community members, college alumni and student groups. Past symposiums have included student colloquia, film and discussion, lectures, poster sessions, multimedia presentations and artistic performances such as dance, film, music poetry, visual and virtual exhibitions and the list goes on.

We encourage you to consider how your own perspective, discipline, or creative capacities can contribute to this very timely conversation. If you have ideas or questions about a proposal you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Click here to submit your proposal

All proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, October 6, 2016.

If you have ideas or questions about a proposal you’d like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Jean T. Corey
Director, Center for Public Humanities
717 766-2511 ext. 2097,

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Michelle Alexander: "The New Jim Crow"

Keynote Lecture

Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 pm, Parmer Hall

New York Times best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar.  She currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.  Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Alexander was an associate professor of law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of her first book, The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010).  The book has received high praise and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets, including NPR, The Bill Moyers Journal, the Tavis Smiley Show, C-Span Washington Journal, among others. 

For several years, Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she helped to lead a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination. 

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University. Following law school, she clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court, and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  

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