The University of Washington College of Education will host a community discussion of race and mass incarceration on May 7 as part of this year's Common Book reading.

A panel of experts will discuss issues raised in The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center's Unity Ballroom. A light dinner will be served prior to the panel starting at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

Panelists include:

  • Naomi Murakawa, associate professor at Princeton University's Center for African American Studies
  • Joy Williamson-Lott, associate professor of the history of education at UW College of Education
  • Richard Delgado, a scholar of critical race theory and John J. Sparkman Chair of Law at University of Alabama School of Law
  • Jean Stefancic, professor and Clement Research Affiliate at University of Alabama School of Law

Serving as moderator is Manka Varghese, associate professor at UW College of Education.

The event is organized by the Associated Students of the College of Education.


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