Michelle Alexander: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Civil rights lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander—author of The New Jim Crow—delivers the 15th Annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture on November 1 at Hampshire College.

Alexander’s 2010 book The New Jim Crow received the NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work of nonfiction. It has been featured on national radio and television media outlets including the Bill Moyers JournalTavis Smiley Show, C-SPAN’sWashington Journal, and National Public Radio. Professor Alexander holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. She was previously a professor at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics.

The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship, and activism of the late Eqbal Ahmad, who was a longtime Hampshire College professor. Professor Ahmad’s faculty colleagues, former students, family, and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work. Previous Eqbal Ahmad Lecturers include Kofi Annan, Edward Said, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Seymour Hersh, and Tariq Ali.

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