Panelists encourage sparse student crowd to fight apathy towards racial issues

Monday, September 12, 2016
The Chronicle

The Race, Justice and Empathy panel—held in the Nasher Museum of Art Friday—focused on attorney Bryan Stevenson's novel "Just Mercy," which explores the issues of racial injustice in the legal system and on death row. The memoir was also this year's summer reading book for freshmen, and Stevenson came to campus to talk to students during Orientation Week.

Professors from several different fields contributed to the discussion, including faculty from the Law School, the Divinity School and the Sanford School of Public Policy. William A. Darity, Jr.,Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, participated in the interdisciplinary conversation. Although the panelists initially discussed the impact of music and paintings on how past injustices are perceived, the discussion quickly shifted toward more legal and political concerns. 

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