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Bryan Stevenson to Present Speakers Bureau 2015 Keynote

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

In other news, the Speaker’s Bureau posters have been on point this semester.

Speakers Bureau will be hosting social justice advocate Bryan Stevenson, their second keynote speaker who will be presenting a talk on restorative justice, tonight at 7pm in Gannett.

Dubbed by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu as “America’s youngest Nelson Mandela,” Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a tenured law professor at NYU School of Law, as well as one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. Stevenson’s work on individual cases has resulted in reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He is also the author of Just Mercya memoir about a young lawyer and his commitment to fighting extreme punishments and careless justice.

In addition to appearing on The Daily Show, Stevenson’s TED Talk “We need to talk about an injustice” has been named one of the five essential TED Talks by The New Yorker. Stevenson is also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction. The current state of things being what they are, the time has never been more appropriate for a talk on restorative justice, so be sure to swing by Gannett at 7pm and maybe even bring a question or two!

Protest Against Readmission Hearing Scheduled for March 13th

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The hand says it all.

With over 1300 people invited on Facebook and YikYak buzz aplenty, you’ve likely heard about the Readmission Hearing Protest by now, but just in case, you haven’t, here it goes…

On Friday, March 13th, at 2:00pm, the school will holding a hearing for the readmission of a student convicted of three violations of Skidmore’s Sexual Misconduct Policy (who had thereby been suspended from campus for a year), which both the student in question and his victim will be attending. As a response to the hearing–in addition to the perpetrator’s violation of his sanctions when he visited campus last weekend–the victim is holding a peaceful and silent protest that same day at 1:00pm, right before the hearing begins, in the space right outside Gannett. Click to continue »