This upcoming weekend, April 10th-12th, SPEAR will hosts its second annual conference.
The first two days of the conference, April 10th and 11th, will offer opportunities for attendants to learn and engage in dialogues focused on criminal justice reform and prison education in the United States.
On the third day, April 12th, SPEAR will host a private student-only summit aimed at planning the national launch of the campaign to remove all questions related to past involvement with the justice system from university admissions applications.
Some highlights of the conference will include a screening of Dead Man Walking, the 1995 film staring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon, followed by a talk by Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book that served as the basis for the film; and a talk by Rabia Chaudry, a lawyer and activist in the Muslim community, who will speak about issues within the criminal justice system. Ms. Chaudry recently gained widespread attention for her role in the creation of the 2014 podcast series Serial, which examines circumstances surrounding a life sentence handed down to 17-year-old Adnan Syed despite a lack of viable evidence.
The conference will also feature a variety of additional panels and workshops. The panels will allow experts to share their experiences with and/or research on the status quo of the criminal justice system as well as possible routes towards reform. The workshops will allow participants and assembled experts to meaningfully engage in discussions about the system and share tactics for fostering change a local, state and national level.
If you would like to register for the conference, please visit: http://princetonspear.com/registration-princeton/. Note that registration does not bind you to attend all sessions, but is simply to get a sense of how many Princeton students we should expect at the conference for room scheduling purposes. Also, there will be a catered banquet for student participants on Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm. Please RSVP to reserve your spot if you are free.
If you have any questions regarding the event or SPEAR, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10 - LEWIS LIBRARY 120
3:00-5:00: Screening of “Dead Man Walking"
5:30-7:00: Talk and Audience Discussion with Sister Helen Prejean
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 - WHIG HALL
9:00-10:30: Panel: Reversing the School to Prison Pipeline
10:30-12:00: Workshops on:
Post-Release College Programs
High School Equivalency Programs Inside Prisons
12:00-1:30: Panel: Fostering Reform Through Journalism
- Lance Tapley, winner of the Maine ACLU's, Roger Baldwin Award
- Carl Stoffers, Columbia School of Journalism
- Mike Winerip, The New York Times
1:30-3:00: Workshops on:
Stigma of Mental Health in the Black Community
Solitary Confinement as Mass Torture
Racial Protest in the Digital Age
The Language of Prison Reform
3:00-4:30: Panel: Mental Health and Mass Incarceration
- Dr. Elizabeth Ford, Executive Director of Mental Health—NYC Correctional Health Services
- Johnny Perez, Safe Reentry Advocate at the Urban Justice System
4:30-6:00: Talk and Audience Discussion with Rabia Chaudry, J.D.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
All day: Private sessions to organize the national Abolish the Box campaign. All students and recent graduates are welcome to attend. For more information about the Sunday session, please contact Joel Simwinga at email@example.com.