September 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Critical Resistance to Mass Incarceration Series Begins with Ferguson, Sept. 11

The first Critical Resistance event of the year will be a Students for Law, Justice & Culture-coordinated faculty panel discussion on the recent Ferguson protests on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. in Athena Theater 212.

Faculty panelists include Professors Kelly Faust, Patricia Gunn, Vince Jungkunz, and Debra Thompson.

Making and Breaking the Law logoEach year, the Making & Breaking the Law theme sponsors a series of events focusing on a particular aspect of Critical Resistance relating to law, justice and culture.

In 2014-15, theme events will focus on Critical Resistance to Mass Incarceration. This theme was selected by the new student organization—Students for Law, Justice & Culture—in consultation with Making & Breaking the Law theme faculty.

The series is designed to shed critical light on the socio-economic causes and consequences of mass incarceration and harsh punishment in the U.S. criminal justice system, with special attention to the disproportionately destructive impact of this system upon individuals and communities of color.

Inspired by Michelle Alexander’s call for a “national awakening” on these issues during her visit to the Ohio University campus in April 2014, theme students and faculty will explore what it means to make meaningful commitments to addressing entrenched structures and institutions of racial injustice, bringing about substantial policy change in the criminal justice system, and ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

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