Registration is now open to the 4th annual forum on Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 14, at Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: https://urmi2017.eventbrite.com/. Lunch will be provided.
University President Ginny Arthur will welcome participants and introduce Rep. Raymond Dehn, a champion of criminal justice reform in Minnesota, for opening remarks.
Two guest speakers, Dr. Reba Peoples, M.D. and Antony Stately, Ph.D. will address the conference theme, “The Role of Trauma, Pathways to Healing.”
In the morning keynote, Peoples will speak on “Tools for Transcendence: Why Resilience in the Face of Trauma Isn’t Enough.” At lunch, Stately will give a topic overview of the historical context of colonization and its impact on the well being of tribal communities in “Kill the Indian, Jail the Man: Historical Trauma, Colonization, Micro-aggressions and the Prison Pipeline for Native American Men, Women and Children.”
Break-out sessions will follow each keynote. These sessions are a dynamic range of discussions to explore specific dimensions of mass incarceration and connect participants to leaders and networks taking action for change.
Free screening of Ava Duvernay’s award-winning film, “13th.”
Discussion facilitated by Jason Sole, 6-8:30 pm., Thursday, April 13, Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus.