Gain nuanced knowledge on criminal justice reform with 3 events by Queens University of Charlotte

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You may know Queens University of Charlotte as a renowned leader in higher education. But did you know it’s also a beacon of culture in our community, committed to the life-long pursuit of learning, while offering new perspectives for all? 

This fall, Queens students, faculty and staff are having in-depth conversations about race and criminal justice. This issue is timely and relevant at both the local and national level. Mecklenburg County implemented bail reform earlier in 2019, and the 1994 “Tough on Crime” law has been criticized in the Democratic presidential debates. 

Queens invites the broader Charlotte community to attend these events and learn more about this complex issue and its impact. 

The signature event this fall is Queens’ Learning Society’s A Conversation with Michelle Alexander, author of the New York Times best-seller “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”

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Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar. She will speak about racial injustice in the modern legal system and how mass incarceration has come to replace segregation.  Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times’ The Daily” podcast, will moderate the conversation.

When is it and how do I attend?

The event is Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Belk Theater, Uptown Charlotte. Tickets start at just $25 at carolinatix.org.  Learn More>

Queens is hosting two additional events to educate the community and prepare for Alexander’s visit:

Progress Under Pressure: Fighting Jim Crow in the Queen City — lecture by Dr. Willie J. Griffin

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Dr. Willie J. Griffin is a Charlotte native and the staff historian at the Levine Museum of the New South. His lecture, part of the annual Preyer Lecture Series, will explore how African Americans organized to confront Jim Crow policies in policing, labor and education across the twentieth century in Charlotte. Admission to the lecture is free.

When is it?

Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Ketner Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte. Learn More>

Call to Action: Criminal Justice Series

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This three-part series, presented by Queens’ Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice, seeks to educate and empower attendees to advocate for racial equality in the criminal justice system. There is a $25 suggested registration fee for the series; students attend for free. 

When is it?

The following Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Ketner Auditorium, Queens University of Charlotte

Oct. 29 — Life After Life Documentary Film and Discussion

Nov. 5 — Staged Reading of Original Play: Death of Justice

Nov. 12 — Panel discussion on the challenges of reentry from jail featuring Sherriff Garry McFadden and District Attorney Spencer Merriweather. Learn More>

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