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Bryan Stevenson, March 20, 2019, Eisenhower Auditorium

Equal Justice Initiative, Just Mercy, civil rights, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, racial violence and oppression
by Betsy VanNoy Dec 07, 2018
When Mar 20, 2019
from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where Eisenhower Auditorium
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An Evening with Bryan Stevenson at Penn State

Eisenhower Auditorium, Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00pm 

The Rock Ethics Institute's 2019 Richard D. Lippin Lecture in Ethics, in partnership with the Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series, will feature award-winning author and lawyer Bryan Stevenson on March 20, 2019, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Stevenson is author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy and one of the leading voices for civil rights and criminal justice reform in American today. His lecture will explore what justice demands, both inside and outside the courtroom, and the need to address the legacy of racial violence and oppression in the U.S. Following his lecture there will be a book signing. The event will be free and open to the public, but a ticket will be required to attend. Tickets will become available in the spring semester.

Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won significant legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting the abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Stevenson recently won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. In April 2018, EJI opened a national memorial to victims of lynching, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, as well as a companion museum, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, built on the site of a former slave warehouse in downtown Montgomery.

 For more information on Stevenson and the work of EJI, please visit the following links:

This event is sponsored by the Penn State Rock Ethics Institute, Student Programming Association, World Campus, McCourtney Institute for Democracy, and Center for Character, Conscience, and Public Purpose.