Join faculty, advocates, and alumni for a discussion exploring avenues for students to collaborate on innovative approaches to strengthening communities, practicing anti-racism, and reimagining the justice system.
We will kick off the session with a discussion about the groundbreaking Theater of Change: Reimagining Justice through Abolition course that will be offered during the Spring semester. The course will equip law students to tell powerful stories--themselves and in collaboration with artists and community members--and use legal knowledge and skills to amplify artists’ and community activists’ impact in venues where laws are made and power is exercised. In the process all the participants will work with community members directly affected by incarceration to amplify the power of their stories through artistry informed by legal and policy research. With criminal justice and education as the policy focal point, the workshop will enable participants to craft and enact compelling stories about justice and injustice in “theaters for change” where they can shift hearts and minds of thought leaders and policy makers. A background and/or interest in theater is not necessary to participate, though certainly welcome. To read more about one student's transformative experience with the course, check out this blog entry by Theater of Change alum Samarth Patel.