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Colloquium planned on U.S. prisons, April 10-11

A colloquium titled "Locked Up and Locked Out" will examine the state of the American prison system on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10-11, in McCosh 50.

University faculty, government officials and other scholars will lead a series of panels on prisoners and civil liberties, the problem of prison re-entry, immigration detention and the greater impact of incarceration on society. Panels will be held at 4 and 6 p.m. April 10 and at 4 and 7 p.m. April 11. A reception will follow the April 10 panels in 307 Frist Campus Center and the April 11 panels in the common room of Rockefeller College.

Panel speakers will include: Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion; John Darley, the Dorman T. Warren Professor of Psychology; Devah Pager, assistant professor of sociology; John Borneman, professor of anthropology; William Westerman, lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program; Lydell Sherrer, administrator of Northern State Prison in Newark; and Devon Brown, director of the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections.

The program is sponsored by the Princeton Association of Black Women, the Black Men's Awareness Group, the Fields Center, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the University Center for Human Values, the Undergraduate Student Government, the Community-Based Learning Initiative and the University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

For more information, contact Camille Bridges at cbridges@princeton.edu.

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