18th Annual Building Bridges Conference

Sentenced For Life: Confronting the Calamity of Mass Incarceration hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College

2013 Building Bridges


Saturday, March 9, 2013
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Gustavus Adolphus College

800 West College Avenue
St. Peter, MN 56082


Student Diversity and Inclusion Services will be providing transportation to the 2013 Building Bridges Conference: Sentenced For Life: Confronting the Calamity of Mass Incarceration hosted by Gustavus Adolphus College.

This student-led diversity conference will provide a rewarding opportunity to engage in important dialogue as Building Bridges places a spotlight on the injustice of America’s prison system.

Building on tradition, this conference continues to be the platform for students to address significant justice issues in a proactive and informative way. For this reason, Gustavus student leaders invited Dr. Angela Davis, political activist, scholar and author of Are Prisons Obsolete? as this year’s keynote speaker. Professor Davis will speak on the prison-industrial complex. She focuses on social problems associated with incarceration and the general criminalization of communities affected by poverty and racial discrimination.  The second keynote will be given by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, academic, activist and political commentator.

Supplementing the keynote speeches will be a series of workshops to provide conference attendees with an array of opportunities to learn more about mass incarceration and the different facets of the criminal justice system.

One of the workshop presenters will be University of St. Thomas Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, who is the director of the Community Justice Project (CJP), an award-winning civil rights legal clinic.  The CJP is a part of the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services.  Levy-Pounds teaches and supervises law students as they use the law as a tool to advance the cause of social justice in poor communities of color through problem-solving, legal research and writing, community engagement, and legislative advocacy.

The conference is FREE to students however, you must register.  Click here to register for the conference.

Transportation is also FREE to students, but again, pre-registration is required.   Click here to register for SDIS transportation to the conference.

The bus will pick-up from the Flynn turnaround area at 7:30 a.m., and will return around 6:00 p.m. 

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