Monday April 3rd, 6-9pm, Roussel Auditorium
A powerful and thought-provoking true story about the Equal Justice Initiative, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. Following the film, there will be a short Q&A with David Garlock, a successful returning citizen and criminal justice reform leader. Sharing his powerful testimony of grace and redemption, as well as leveraging his professional expertise and wide-reaching network, David fights for second chances for all and believes that everyone is worthy to be restored. David was a client of the Equal Justice Initiative and participated in the film.
Tuesday April 11th, 12:30-1:45pm, Zoom Webinar (Webinar Recording Here)
One of the most challenging aspects of higher education in prison is supporting students once they are released. This challenge becomes even more daunting if students face deportation upon completing their prison sentence. Please join us to hear from academics and organizers serving formerly incarcerated people who have been deported after serving a sentence in the US.
Tuesday, April 18th, 5-7pm, Audubon Room
For forty years, police and prosecutors have weaponized Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law to terrorize queer/trans Louisianians. CANS Can’t Stand follows a group of Black trans women in New Orleans who are fighting to repeal that law—and advance trans liberation across the state. Following the film, there will be a panel with Wendi Cooper, the founder of TRANScending Women, and Bill Quigley, Loyola University Law Professor who worked on repealing the CANS law.
Tuesday March 14th, 5-7pm, Audubon Room
All Oppression Shall Cease Book Talk and Q&A
Wednesday, October 26th, 2022
6pm, Audubon Room, Danna Student Center
"What Is the Crime Wave?"
"What Is the Crime Wave?" offers three perspectives on the recent spike in crime in New Orleans: as a statistical trend (Ben Horwitz, AH Datalytics), as a scary social phenomenon (Dr. Chuck P. Nichols, Psychology), and as a media event (Dr. Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Director of the School of Communication and Design). Dr. Marcus M. Kondkar (Sociology) will facilitate a conversation among the speakers to understand what is really happening in our city, and how the concepts we rely on shape our responses to current events.
Sponsored by the Hutchinson Distinguished Professorship, the Composition Program, the Jesuit Social Research Institute, and the Department of Criminology and Justice, this event offers the Loyola community the opportunity to understand a situation that affects us all. The events are free and open to the public--please share widely and encourage your students to come.
Wednesday October 5th, 2022
Latinx Culture, Diplomacy and Law
Monday, October 3rd, 2022
Corrections in Ink: A Memoir - Book Talk by Keri Blakinger
Corrections in Ink: A Memoir tells the story of Keri's journey—from the ice rink to addiction and a prison sentence, to the newsroom—and how she emerged with a fierce determination to expose the broken system she experienced.
The Loyola bookstore will be selling copies of the book at the event, and Keri will be available to sign copies after the discussion.
This event is open to the public and sponsored by the Law Visiting Committee Professorship at Loyola College of Law, the Jesuit Social Research Institute, & the Criminology and Justice Department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola.
September 7th, 2022
How I Cultivated Resilience by Remembering My Name
Constance Paige Young is a speaker, racial justice activist and an advocate for crime victims. She is a survivor of multiple violent crimes, including the racially motivated car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Constance now devotes her time to building a radically loving community in the here and now. Informed and transformed by a dynamic journey, she speaks about cultivating resilience through adversity, restorative justice, and informs others on how to best support victims of crime and their loved ones.
June 8th, 2022
Prison Cells to PhD: A talk by Dr. Stanley Andrisse
Dr. Andrisse is a formerly incarcerated person with three felony convictions, sentenced to ten years in prison. He was once told by a prosecuting attorney that he had no hope for change. He is now an endocrinologist scientist, an alumni faculty of Johns Hopkins Medicine and a tenure-track assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine. His book shares its title with the nonprofit organization he co-founded, From Prison Cells To PhD.
April 7th, 2022
Ending the Death Penalty in Louisiana: An Evening with Sr. Helen Prejean
Twomey Lecture Series