Voices of Our Time is an annual guest speaker series that exposes students, the Wake Forest community and the general public to some of the world’s leading thinkers. Meet us at the crossroads as we explore local, national and global issues through challenging discussions and public question-and-answer sessions.
Lecture and Conversation with Michelle Alexander
October 1, 2013, 6 p.m., Wait Chapel
President Nathan Hatch and the Office of the Provost have invited Professor Michelle Alexander as this fall’s Voices of Our Time speaker. Michelle Alexander is the author of the award-winning book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander is a highly commended civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar at Ohio State University, where she holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Professor Alexander’s book argues that rights won by black Americans through the civil-rights movement have eroded through the “war on drugs” and the decimation of communities of color. Alexander’s lecture will explain how rights like serving on a jury and voting, as well as opportunities for employment, can be taken away from anyone with a criminal record, and how this affects black communities.