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Just Mercy: EVENTS: Fall 2017

"Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption" by Bryan Stevenson is the selected title for the 2017-18 One Book, One Community program.

Attend "Just Mercy" Events

The following events are free and open to the public.

Books written by the authors are available for check-out at VSCC's Gallatin Library. These books are listed below, beneath the speakers' information. Note that VSCC Gallatin Library is open to community members: you may check these books out, too!

Jeannie Alexander, September 13 at 1:00pm in Caudill Auditorium

The One Book One Community initiative will welcome guest speaker Jeannie Alexander to Vol State’s campus September 13th at 1:00 PM in the Caudill Auditorium. Readers of the Nashville Scene will recognize her as the publication’s “Best Advocate” in 2017. Alexander, who has been involved in advocacy for those affected by homelessness as well as the prison system, now heads up the No Exceptions Prison Collective, a nonprofit focused on the abolition of prisons as well as the establishment of basic treatment standards for prisoners. Alexander will speak about her experiences as an advocate and more generally about the prison system.

Dr. Lisa Guenther, October 24 at 1:00pm in Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B

The One Book One Community initiative invites you to join us in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B on October 24th at 1:00 PM, where Vanderbilt Philosophy Professor Lisa Guenther will speak on the prison system in America. Guenther’s areas of focus include mass incarceration, capital punishment, the carceral state, race and racism, and the effects of solitary confinement. Students, faculty and members of the community are invited to join for what promises to be a compelling and interesting discussion of imprisonment practices in America.

Rev. Joseph B. Ingle, November 15 at 1:00pm in Caudill Auditorium

The One Book One Community initiative invites you to join us in the Caudill Auditorium, November 15th at 1:00 PM, where we will host Reverend Joseph B. Ingle. Ingle is an expert on the history of incarceration in the United States and will speak on that subject. Ingle founded the Tennessee Committee against State Killing, and has served as the director of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons as well as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Justice Center, a Nashville based coalition focused on restorative justice. Ingle will share some of his wealth of knowledge on the subjects of incarceration and justice, as well as providing unique insights gained from his years of dedicated service to ameliorative justice in Tennessee.