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Selected Timelines of the Criminal Legal System

Tuesday, September 1 | All Day | Timelines can be found here.

Based on the themes of this year’s One Book selection, Just Mercy, the One Book Student Team has created “Selected Timelines of the Criminal Legal System,” a set of timelines to educate the public on the following: Bryan Stevenson’s career and the creation of the Equal Justice Initiative, the disproportionate and unjust incarceration of Black women in the United States, and the activists and major movements that have surrounded prison reform and abolition in the United States. While not exhaustive, these timelines provide a preview into some of the themes explored in Just Mercy and call us to continue to educate ourselves and engage with this work.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern

One Book One Northwestern, the podcast

The podcast can be found here.

Our podcast follows Wildcats having engrossing conversations, on campus and beyond, about this year’s One Book, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Look for quarterly podcasts from our student Creators/Hosts: Sophia Lo, Baylor Spears, and Camille Williams. Medill Professor Ava Thompson Greenwell is the editorial advisor for the podcast.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern andMedill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications 

CHETchat Spotlight Series featuring Dorian Ortega

Tuesday, September 15 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Register here.

Join the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) for a dialogue with Dorian A. Ortega, LCPC on the impact systemic oppression has on the mental wellbeing of Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Dorian A. Ortega is a licensed clinical counselor and founder of FLY Radical Therapy, LLC. First Love Yourself (FLY) Radical therapy is a therapeutic approach inspired by liberation, feminist and multicultural psychology.

Sponsored by: Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET)

Images in Equity, Justice, and Mercy: A Photo Contest

Wednesday, September 16 | Deadline: 6:00 PM CST

Enter here.

Connecting with the themes of this year’s One Book selection, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, One Book One Northwestern is hosting the “Images in Equity, Justice, and Mercy” Photo Contest. Stevenson’s work asks us to explore: What does equity, justice, or mercy look like? What imagery do you connect to these words? Open only to Northwestern undergraduate students.

Sponsored by: One Book One Northwestern

Closing Youth Prisons: An Introduction to the Final 5 Campaign

Thursday, September 17 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Register here.

Join The Final 5 Campaign to discuss the state of youth incarceration in Illinois and where we want to go to explore the state of youth incarceration and how we want to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois! We will hear from restorative justice practitioners, programmers, and policymakers, including Felipe Franco – who helped implement the Closer to Home model in NYC – and speakers from Liberation Library, who do the radical work of providing books to young people in prison to encourage literacy, imagination, and self-determination. We will hear from those directly impacted by youth incarceration and share how our campaign aims to close all state-run youth prisons in Illinois.

Sponsored by: Bluhm Legal Clinic

Sustained Dialogue (SD)

Starting the Week of September 21 | Times Vary | Sign up here.

SD is a dialogue to action program in which undergraduate and graduate students come together in student-led groups to talk about their experiences at Northwestern, specifically in terms of the identities they hold, with the goal of creating an action that makes Northwestern a more inclusive community. Groups meet weekly for 90 minutes throughout the entire quarter. This is a great opportunity for students looking to explore different topics of oppression and how they play out at Northwestern. This year we will host groups focused on the exploration or race and racism incorporating dialogue on this year’s One Book One Northwestern text – Just Mercy.

Sponsored by: Social Justice Education 

A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom

Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 PM CST | Register here.

Family Action Network(FAN) will host Brittany K. Barnett, Award-winning attorney and founder of the Buried Alive Project, Girls Embracing Mothers, XVI Capital Partners, and Milena Reign LLC. Keanne Bishop,  Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender’s Office, and adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law will interview Bishop. Registration Required (Free event).

Sponsored by: Family Action Network (FAN)

“The Long Term” film screening with Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project panel discussion

Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 PM CST | Online (Register here.)

Co-presented by The Block Museum of Art with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. The panel includes Co-Directors of Arts and Exhibitions at P+NAP Sarah Ross and Damon Locks alongside legal scholar Eric Blackmon and members of the P+NAP teaching collective NU Professor Miriam Petty, Jill Petty, and Audrey Petty

Sponsored by: Block Cinema 

Stranger Than Fiction: This is America

September 25 - November 15 | Dittmar Gallery

Gallery visit sign in here.

Is the truth stranger than fiction? These emerging artists bring their perspectives of a contemporary America. According to Artist Henry Sandifer, truth happens at different points for all of us. It’s a significant moment in being able to speak truth to power. The images in his work juxtaposed on canvas, tell truths via parables, allegories, suppositions and facts that are stranger than fiction. Artist Nguyen Tran’s  graphic designs tells stories about life he experiences around him and on social media. His relationship with America, presented in his work, takes different shapes, forms and images with vivid colors. His political and social illustrations offer another way for us to reflect, to see the strangeness and to agree and find beauty in the differences.

Sponsored by: Dittmar Gallery

Transforming Criminal Justice: In Illinois and Beyond

Tuesday, September 29 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Long-Term Sentences: Please join our panelists, Jennifer Soble, Executive Director and Founder of the Illinois Prison Project, Jobi Cates, Executive Director and Founder of Restore Justice, and Marc Mauer, the former Executive Director of The Sentencing Project to discuss criminal sentencing policy and reform in Illinois and nationwide.

Sponsored By: Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) and Alumnae Academic Enrichment Grant

Solidarity is a Process

Thursday, October 1 | 6:00 PM CST

Register here.

A key theme in Just Mercy is empathy: an effort to see the world from another’s perspective, or the attempt to walk in another’s shoes. The aim of empathy is mutual understanding and fighting for justice together, and the acknowledgment that our own health and safety and freedom depends on the same things for others. This theme was an important topic of discussion this past summer, when Latinos and African Americans marched together, but also faced the histories and present realities that make their experiences different. This event will bring together leading scholars and journalists to focus on “solidarity” between African Americans and Latinos as a process, something we work toward instead of take for granted. Participants: Kelly Lytle Hernandez (UCLA), Destin Jenkins (University of Chicago), Josh Kun (USC), and Jennifer Medina (NY Times).

Co-sponsored by: PublicBooks, Department of African and African American Studies, Program in Latina and Latino Studies

America’s Prisons: Legal rights of the incarcerated

Monday, October 5 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Deborah Golden, a prisoners’ rights lawyer, will talk about her work facing off against prisons and jails, including against the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Here is a story about one of her cases: https://nyti.ms/1D1rbRa. She will talk about her relationships with her clients, what sort of issues they face—both in the prisons and in the courts—and what you can do if you are troubled by the way this country treats people who are incarcerated. This event is hosted by Ben Gorvine, Southwest Area Faculty-in-Residence and Professor of Instruction in Psychology.  

Sponsored by: Residential Services

Racial Disparity in Arrests Increases as Crime Rates Decline

Wednesday, October 7 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Between 1999 and 2015, while crime rates generally declined, racial disparity in arrests increased substantially. Sociology Professor Beth Redbird and co-author Kat Albrecht will give a talk on their research in racial disparities. 

Sponsored by: Department of Sociology and Institute for Policy Research (IPR)

Transforming Criminal Justice: In Illinois and Beyond

Tuesday, October 13 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required.Register here.

Solitary: Please join our panelists, Maggie Filler, attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago, Anthony Gay, former prisoner and solitary survivor, and Daniel M. Greenfield, Solitary Confinement Appellate Litigation Fellow for the MacArthur Justice Center to discuss solitary confinement litigation and reform efforts in Illinois and nationwide. 

Sponsored by: NPEP and Alumnae Academic Enrichment Grant

CHETchat Spotlight Series featuring Mary Pattillo

Wednesday, October 14 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Register here.

Pattillo will discuss her current research on monetary sanctions in the criminal justice system. While much research focuses on mass incarceration and its negative impacts on individuals, families, communities, and society more broadly, millions more people are affected by the fines, fees, restitution, surcharges, interest, and other costs imposed on people who are convicted of crimes ranging from traffic violations to violent felonies. Pattillo and her research team conducted over 240 hours of courtroom ethnography and did 155 interviews with court actors and people paying their court debt in Illinois. In this talk, she will report on how monetary sanctions are (mis)aligned with various aims of justice, and how they impact those who are sentenced to pay them.

Sponsored by: CHETchat

Activism: The Time is Now

Wednesday, October 14 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Systematic Racism is an enormous problem in our country. This discussion will be exploring the activist themes in Just Mercy and explore ways you can make a difference to make a change for the better. Panelists include:  Rob Brown, Director of Social Justice Education, Northwestern University, Christopher Paul Harris, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University,  Jeffrey Coleman, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Marquette University, and Moderator: Melissa Foster, Senior Lecturer of Musical Theatre and South Area Faculty-in-Residence, Northwestern University  To receive a Zoom invitation, please register (using your authenticated Northwestern email address) by 4:00 pm, Tuesday, October 13. We hope you can join us for this special event. 

Hosted by the South Area and sponsored by Residential Services

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Thursday, October 15 | 5:00 PM CDT | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Liza Mundy, an award-winning journalist and New York Times-best-selling author of four books including Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, will be talking about how she discovered the story of some 10,000 women during the war working on different aspects of code breaking. 

Published in 2017, Code Girls tells the story of more than 10,000 women who were recruited to break Axis codes, work that saved countless lives, shortened war—and pioneered the modern computer and cybersecurity industries.

Sponsored by: Department of Statistics, Department of Mathematics, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems, Edith Kreeger Wolf Fund for Distinguished Visitors, Science in Human Culture

Teaching Just Mercy Through the Block’s Collection

Friday, October 16 | Ongoing | View here.

The Block Museum kicks off its collaboration with One Book One Northwestern by highlighting a selection of artworks from the permanent collection that resonate with themes of the text, such as equity, justice, and mercy. View the works in the museum’s new collection database, learn more about their contexts, and download high-resolution images to support online teaching.

Sponsored by: Block Museum

On Forgiveness: Lisa Daniels in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz

Tuesday, October 20 | 7:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required.Register here.

Lisa Daniels lost her son, Darren Easterling, to gun violence in 2012, and in the end asked the judge to be lenient with the man who shot him. Lisa now sits on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board whose mission it is to grapple with the notion of mercy.

Sponsored by: Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Corporate Xenophobia: How our lack of empathy impact those most in need

Wednesday, October 21 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required.Register here.

Kellogg Social Impact Adjunct Professor William W. Towns, PhD and private equity asset manager Alfred D. Sharp address minorities’ lack of access to key avenues of economic development, business growth, and wealth creation. Our speakers will discuss how the lack of access to capital, corporate boards, and the C-suite impact our minority, and subsequently, all communities.

Sponsored by: Kellogg School of Management

Writing in Prison

Thursday, October 22 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST | Online

Registratrion required.Register here.

A collaboration between Northwestern University School of Professional Studies (SPS); One Book One Northwestern; and the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP). Virtual lunchtime table talk on the importance of teaching writing to incarcerated individuals, featuring renowned writers and former faculty of the NPEP program, Rebecca Gilman and Alex Kotlowitz, who will touch on their experiences in the classroom.  

Mercy in the Museum: Online Collection Tours

Friday, October 23 | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM  CST | RSVP here.

Join the Block Museum for a series of shared conversations about artworks from the collection that explore ideas of justice, race, and equity. These online, discussion-based lunchtime tours are led by Block staff and inspired by Just Mercy. This series is presented in conjunction with The Block’s 40th anniversary, a year-long celebration of the Museum’s collection as a tool to help us reflect upon, question, and reimagine the past.

Sponsored by: the Block Museum

Transforming Criminal Justice: In Illinois and Beyond

Tuesday, October 27 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Juvenile Justice: Please join our panelists, Marshan Allen, Research and Policy Fellow, Fair and Just Prosecution, Shobha L. Mahadev, Clinical Associate Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Julie L. Biehl, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Children and Family Justice Center, and Assistant Dean of the Bluhm Legal Clinic of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, for a discussion about youth prison reform and the fight against extreme sentences for youth in Illinois and nationwide. 

Sponsored by: NPEP and Alumnae Academic Enrichment Grant

Walking in Bryan Stevenson’s Footsteps: Innovative and Fearless Racial Justice Advocates You Should Know, An Honorary Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 28 | 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CST

Register here.

There are innovative, fearless racial justice advocates all over the country who fight to build power in Black and brown communities in Bryan’s spirit. This honorary lecture series seeks to bring forth their voices, stories, and their work for change.

Sponsored by: Pritzker School of Law

Stranger Than Fiction: This is America - Virtual Artist Talk

Wednesday, October 28 | 5:00 PM CST 

Sign up here.

Artists Henry Sandifer and Nguyen Tran will discuss their work and will share their political and social perspectives on our current American landscape.

Sponsored by: Dittmar Gallery 

The Chicago 400 Alliance: Fighting conviction registries & housing banishment

Thursday, October 29 | 6:00 PM CST | Online

This event is free but participants must register. Register here.

Learn about the Chicago 400 Alliance and take immediate action to address the carceral crisis caused by public conviction registries and housing banishment laws, which force people—very disproportionately Black men—into homelessness and re-incarceration. Justice advocates will give an overview of how these discredited policies undermine community health by keeping thousands of people stuck in prison past their release date and trapped in an artificial housing crisis. Attendees will also hear from Northwestern undergraduates (interns through the Engage Chicago program) who contributed to this ongoing grassroots campaign over the past several months and learn of opportunities to get involved. 

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement

CHET Conversation: Older Adults and Social Isolation Panel Discussion

Monday, November 2 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Register here.

Topic: COVID-19 and its impact on older adult populations

Sponsored by: CHETchat

CHETchat Spotlight Series featuring Xavier McElrath-Bey

Thursday, November 5 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Register here.

Topic: Fair Sentencing of Youth

Sponsored by: CHETchat

Beyond Detention: Long-Term Outcomes of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Tuesday, November 10 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Linda Tepin, Owen L. Coon Professor and Vice Chair for Research in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, will discuss her landmark 20-year longitudinal study, the Northwestern Juvenile Project. She will present key findings from the project—on psychiatric disorders, death rates, and educational, social, and socioeconomic outcomes—which have guided criminal justice reform. Few studies have examined long-term outcomes of youth after they leave detention. 

Sponsored by: Linda Teplin, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and
Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Transforming Criminal Justice: In Illinois and Beyond

Tuesday, November 10 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

False Confessions: Steven Drizin, William A. Trumball Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Laura Nirider, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, the Co-Directors of the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) at Northwestern will discuss their advocacy challenging false confessions. Drizin and Nirider represent Brendan Dassey, a central figure in Netflix’s smash docuseries Making a Murderer. 

Sponsored by: NPEP

Chicago’s Police Violence Epidemic

Wednesday, November 18 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

Andrew V. Papachristos, a Professor of Sociology and faculty Fellow at IPR, will discuss how we might leverage advances in network science to underhand how police violence and misconduct spreads among and between officers in the Chicago Police Department. Using thousands of publicly available data provided by The Invisible Institute, Papachristos’ research shows that patterns of police violence follow patterns similar to those of infectious disease—and understanding those patterns might allow cities to mitigate some of the harms associated with police misconduct as we, as a society, strive for mercy and justice. 

Sponsored by: IPR, the Department of Sociology, Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3)

Annual Intergenerational Storytelling Event

Thursday, November 19 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM CST | Online

Registration required. Register here.

The shortest path between two people is a story. At this unique and fun event, you may simply be a listener, or you may offer a story of your own. This year’s stories are based on the themes of justice, mercy, fairness, and equity, all of which are covered in Bryan Stevenson’s inspiring memoir, Just Mercy. This special interactive engagement between senior adults and young adults will be fun, non-intimidating, and something you’ll be talking about for years to come. Come and share your story or listen to the stories of others. RSVP is required. Co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, The Northwestern Theatre Department, and Nine Lives, a storytelling podcast for the NU community. 

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong learners, The Theatre Department, and Nine Lives

Mercy in the Museum: Online Collection Tours

Friday, November 20 | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM CST | RSVP here.

Join the Block Museum for a series of shared conversations about artworks from the collection that explore ideas of justice, race, and equity. These online, discussion-based lunchtime tours are led by Block staff and inspired by Just Mercy.  This series is presented in conjunction with The Block’s 40th anniversary, a year-long celebration of the Museum’s collection as a tool to help us reflect upon, question, and reimagine the past.

Sponsored by: the Block Museum

Mercy in the Museum: Online Collection Tours

Friday, December 11 | 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM CST | RSVP here.

Join the Block Museum for a series of shared conversations about artworks from the collection that explore ideas of justice, race, and equity. These online, discussion-based lunchtime tours are led by Block staff and inspired by Just Mercy.  This series is presented in conjunction with The Block’s 40th anniversary, a year-long celebration of the Museum’s collection as a tool to help us reflect upon, question, and reimagine the past.

Sponsored by: the Block Museum

Winter Quarter

One Book Keynote with Bryan Stevenson

Thursday, February 11 | 4:30 PM CST | TBD

Author Bryan Stevenson will be in conversation with Professor Jennifer Lackey.  Free and open to the public. Reservations required.