Racial disparities in the criminal justice system in Arkansas are a focus of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity. As its first research and policy initiative the Institute is developing a project to work with leaders in Arkansas in the field of criminal justice to examine the disparities and determine if there are ways to minimize them. In keeping with this concern, the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity is honored to be a sponsor of a lecture on November 8, 2011, by professor of law and noted scholar, civil rights lawyer, and author Michelle Alexander in Philander Smith’s 2011-2012 BlessTheMic lecture series. Professor Alexander will be speaking about her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The book is acclaimed as one of the top books of 2010 and won the “outstanding literary work on non-fiction” at the 2011 NAACP Image Awards.
The lecture is part of the seventh season of Philander Smith College’s BlessTheMic lecture series entitled ‘Season Seven: The Sisters Speak’. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the M.L. Harris Auditorium at Philander Smith College. It is free and open to the public. No tickets or RSVPs are required. For more information, call the Institute at 501-569-8932 or Philander Smith College at 501-370-5279. Visit the event website here.