Town Hall Meeting on Race and PolicingJustice Sciences and the African American Studies Program are co-sponsoring a town hall style meeting "Race, Crime, and Policing: Beyond the 21st Century" on Wednesday, October 8th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in the Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Panelists will include: Anthony Purcell, Chief of the UAB Police Department; Ms. Sunny Slaughter, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Hyeyoung Lim, Department of Justice Sciences; Dr. Kay Morgan, Department of Justice Sciences and African American Studies; and Dr. John Sloan, Department of Justice Sciences. The panel will be moderated by Ms. Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News.
The event is a lead-in to the inagural lecture of the Social Justice Lecture Series that will feature Ms. Dawn Porter who produced and directed Gideon's Army. Ms. Porter will be on campus to screen the film and discuss its production on Wednesday, October 15th, beginning at 6:00 pm at the UAB National Alumni House, 1301 10th Ave. South.
Both events have free admission and are open to the public.
Social Justice Lecture Series LaunchedThe UAB Social Justice Lecture Series will host its inaugural lecture with attorney and documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter who will be talking about the making of her film Gideon's Army – an up-close and personal look at three young public defenders in the Deep South struggling against long hours, low pay, and staggering caseloads to challenge the basic assumptions driving the criminal justice system. The film, which premiered on HBO this past summer, was an official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won the prize for "best editing."
A lawyer turned filmmaker, Dawn Porter won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for Gideon's Army while Realscreen named her one of their 2012 Doc Hot Shots 15 emerging directors to watch. Ms. Porter also works in narrative features as executive producer on Serious Moonlight, written by Adrienne Shelley and starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures and domestically on Lifetime Movie Network. She is also an executive producer on The Green, an independent feature premiering on Showtime Networks and starring Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) and Emmy®-winning actress Julia Ormond.
Screening of the documentary will begin at 6:00 PM followed by Ms. Porter's lecture at 7:00 PM. The on-campus location for the event is the UAB National Alumni House, located at 1301 10th Avenue South.
As a prelude to the inaugural lecture, the Social Justice Lecture Series will host a Town Hall Meeting on "Race, Crime and Policing: Looking Beyond the 21st Century." The panel discussion will feature Dr. John Sloan, Chair of the Department of Justice Sciences, Dr. Hyeyoung Lim, Assistant Professor of Justice Sciences, Chief Anthony Purcell, UAB Chief of Police, Ms. Sunny Slaughter, Consultant and Instructor for the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Associate Professor of Justice Sciences and Director of the African American Studies Program. The panel will be moderated by Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News. The event will be held October 8, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall located at 950 13th Street South, Birmingham AL 35205.
The Social Justice Lecture Series is an initiative jointly sponsored by the African American Studies Program, the Department of Justice Sciences, and the College of Arts & Sciences. The goals of the series include: (1) introducing a variety of social justice topics to the University and Birmingham communities; (2) focusing attention on these topics; and (3) challenging common assumptions about social justice, while fostering critical thinking of social justice issues. Twice yearly, the UAB Social Justice Speakers' Series will bring to the UAB campus extraordinary men and women who have risked everything in their single-minded pursuit of social justice. While very different in backgrounds, these people all responded to the same call and committed themselves to fight for social justice. Join us as these men and women share their stories of tragedy and triumph in the fight for social justice. In the fall, the focus will be social justice on a global scale, while in the spring the focus will be social justice at the local level – in the State of Alabama and metro Birmingham.
For more information regarding these events, please call (205) 934-2069.