Events

Scholarly events related to the 2018-2019 One Read selection, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:

The New Jim Crow: One Read Program Exhibit in Ellis Library

On Display July – October

An exhibit in the MU Ellis Library Colonnade features a timeline showing the increasing numbers of incarcerated Missourians over the past four decades. Key moments in criminal law, the privatization of prisons, Supreme Court decisions and more are highlighted. The exhibit will be on display through October. Several anonymous MU Tigers share their experiences of having friends and family members incarcerated.


One Read Discussion…Without the Reading                   

September 12, 1:00-1:50pm, Hulston Hall Room 109

Didn’t get a chance to read the 2018-2019 One Read book but still want a chance to hear about it and discuss the topic? This is the event for you! Wraps and chips will be provided for the first 25 participants. Bring your own beverage.


Documentary Viewing — 13TH                           

September 6, 5:00-7:30 pm, Ellis Auditorium on the MU Campus

In the 2016 documentary 13TH, filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. After the screening, stay for a guided discussion.


2018 One Read Keynote Speaker: Professor Demetria Frank

October 19th, 2018, Hulston Hall, Room 6

Professor Demetria Frank will present the 2018 Keynote address for the Mizzou Law One Read. Professor Frank joined the University of Memphis Law faculty in June 2013 and currently teaches courses in Evidence, Federal Courts, and a Mass Incarceration seminar. Before joining the Memphis Law faculty, Professor Frank was a member of the University of Wyoming Law faculty where she began her academic career teaching Torts and Trial Advocacy.

Along with law teaching, Professor Frank has a passion for community development and social activism. In January 2017 she began Project MI, a collaborative that aims to transform the criminal justice system and eliminate racial injustice by aggressive advocacy, leadership development, and connecting opportunity communities to law makers. She is a regular speaker, consultant, and commentator on issues involving systemic bias and inequity, community development, federal court litigation practice, and the overgrowth of the detention and prison industries. Professor Frank’s current research interests involve prisoner rights and justice involved youth intervention strategies. Her recent publications are: Blackout: Mass Incarceration & Prisoner Public Communication (Forthcoming, 2018) and The Proof is in the Prejudice: A Proposal Confronting Implicit Racial Bias in Uncharged Act Evidence, Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, (32 Harv. J. Racial & Ethnic Just. 1, Spring, 2016).

Professor Frank attended the University of Texas School of Law and began her legal career as a toxic tort litigation attorney before moving into the public sector as a Community Prosecutor in the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. Her tenure as an Associate Judge for the City of Dallas and the City of Houston has been one of the most influential experiences in her legal career.