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Session 1: Saturday, June 2nd: 10:00 - 11:50am
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Honoring Cedric Johnson, winner of the 2017 Singer Prize, the panel will discuss Johnson't thesis that mass incarceration is neoliberalism's way of managing social inequality and the creeping marginalization of growing layers pushed out of the work force, thus affecting more than just the African-American community.


A professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Cedric Johnson's Johnson's interests include racial and ethnic politics; African American political thought; neoliberalization; political economy; urban politics; and critical urban... Read more
Nancy Holmstrom is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Philosophy Department at Rutgers – Newark, a co-editor of New Politics, and a longtime socialist and feminist activist and scholar. She has published numerous articles on core concepts of social/political philosophy including freedom,... Read more
Jay Arena is Assistant Professor of Sociology at CUNY College of Staten Island. A former community and labor organizer in New Orleans, his recent book, Driven From New Orleans, addresses the politics of public housing privatization and the role of nonprofits in a black majority city. His work... Read more
Megan French-Marcelin serves as the Campaign Coordinator for JustLeadershipUSA’s “A Working Future” Campaign, which seeks to eradicate the collateral consequences people ith criminal records face daily as well as set a new standard for economic justice in the South. As the ACLU’s Policy Research... Read more