The Humanities Institute will host our Fall 2017 Difficult Dialogues Public Forum, "Going In, Getting Out: Race and Incarceration in the U.S."
By 2014, African Americans constituted 34% of the total 6.8 million correctional population, and African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of whites, according to the NAACP. What's more, though African Americans and Hispanics only make up approximately 32% of the U.S. population, they comprised 56% of all incarcerated people in 2015. And although African Americans and whites use drugs at similar rates, the imprisonment rate of African Americans for drug charges is almost 6 times that of whites.
The public forum will begin at 6PM in the Avaya Auditorium with a screening Ava DuVernay's award-winning documentary 13th, which examines this intersection of race and mass incarceration in the U.S. in order to argue that slavery has been perpetuated through North America's prison system. Nominated for the Academy Award and winner of a Peabody Award as well as the BAFTA for Best Documentary, Ava DuVernay's 13TH is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2016.
Watch the trailer here!
Following the screening will be a panel discussion and Q&A featuring a Criminal Justice Organizer from Grassroots Leadership and UT faculty. Grassroots Leadership is a non-profit organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past.
This event is free and open to the public; however, seats are limited. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.
Following this screening and public forum, the Humanities Institute will host a screening, in partnership with the Austin Public Library, of The Return, a documentary that examines unprecedented prison reform in California, on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6:30PM. Learn more about this related event here.
Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute
Monday, October 30 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building (POB), 2.302 Avaya Auditorium
201 24TH ST E, Austin, Texas 78712