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Reed Community Reading Project: Michelle Alexander

  • Reed College Kaul Auditorium 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard Portland, OR, 97202 United States (map)

Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," will join us for a lecture and Q&A on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Reed College. A book signing will follow the lecture.

About The New Jim Crow: The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status - denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. The New Jim Crow challenges all of us to place mass incarceration at the forefront of the movement for racial justice in America. Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the Daily Kos, "explosive" by Kirkus,and "profoundly necessary" by the Miami Herald, The New Jim Crow, with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience. 

About Michelle Alexander: Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. Alexander is an associate professor of law at The Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was formerly the director of the ACLU's Racial Justice Project in Northern California and an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed its Civil Rights Clinics.

This event is free and open to the public. An ASL interpreter will be provided. For information on getting to Reed, please visit: Question, concerns, or accommodation requests can be made to

 Kaul Auditorium 
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199