Penn State Brandywine to Host Annual Social Justice Fair

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MEDIA, PA — Penn State Brandywine’s Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement will host a series of virtual events from April 12 to 16 as part of the campus’ annual Social Justice Fair. The theme of this year’s fair is Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice.

“Every year, we draw attention to a social justice theme through the fair and encourage our community to learn more deeply about the issues through workshops, discussions and activities that enable multiple perspectives and voices to be heard,” said Vippy Yee, Rosenberg Director of Brandywine’s Center for Ethics and Civic Engagement. “Our theme this year is Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice. We are examining issues of racial justice more generally as well as focusing much of the programming on the issue of mass incarceration and the intersection of these topics.”

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The following programs are presented through Zoom and are open to the public at no charge:

  • On April 13, 12-1:15 p.m., Penn State Brandywine Associate Professor of History and American Studies Julie Gallagher will present on the history of policing and mass incarceration in the United States.
  • On April 13, 7-8:15 p.m., the 2018 documentary “The Mayor of Graterford” will be streamed. The film is based on life without parole sentencing in Pennsylvania through the experiences of current and former inmates.
  • On April 15, 12-1:15 p.m., view a streamed spoken word performance inspired by mass incarceration and racial justice from Ashlee Haze, an Atlanta-based poet who recently appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk series.
  • On April 16, 12:15-1 p.m., a panel with At-large Councilmember of The District of Columbia Robert C. White, Jr. will discuss restoring voting rights for individuals who were formerly incarcerated.
  • On April 16, 6-8:30 p.m., the 2020 PBS documentary “Driving While Black: Race, Space & Mobility in America” will be streamed. Discover how the automobile has brought both freedom and danger.
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Event details, registration links and additional information are available at engage.bw.psu.edu/social-justice-fair.

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