A Question of Justice

Debate
11 May 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Center for Social Innovation
601 W. 26th St. #325
New York, NY 10001
 Free

Many Americans agree that our criminal justice system needs thorough reform—but how can public sentiment lead to effective systemic changes? This dynamic debate moderated by Andrea J. Ritchie will feature seven of PEN America’s brilliant Writing For Justice Fellows: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot, Keeonna Harris, Priscilla Ocen, David Sanchez, Beth Shelburne, and David Heska Wanbli Weiden, as well as experts in New York City-based reform efforts: Kandra Clark, Mika’il DeVeaux, Lorenzo Jones, Fred Patrick, Marlon Peterson, and Bianca Tylek. The conversation will use artist Lois Weaver’s experimental “Long Table” model, which fosters dialog about difficult subjects by combining the comfortable informality of a private dinner party setting with the urgency of public debate. Bring your questions, comments, and opinions, and help discuss this defining issue of our time.

On behalf of the Art for Justice Fund, PEN America is honored to engage the literary community and confront our era of mass incarceration through the Writing For Justice Fellowship.

Bianca Tylek
Marlon Peterson
Fred Patrick
Kandra Clark
Lorenzo Jones
Mika’il DeVeaux
Keeonna Harris
Andrea J. Ritchie
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Beth Shelburne
David Sanchez
Priscilla Ocen
Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot
Reginald Dwayne Betts