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Speaking of Social Justice with Marlon Peterson

Join us as we host Marlon Peterson, author of Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song.

Peterson's moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration—and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us, was the 2021 selection for the GCSW's annual Dean's Summer Social Justice Reading Series.

In his second visit to the GCSW, the author, organizer, and leading advocate for prison abolition and transformative justice, Peterson headlines the Maconda Brown O'Connor Speaking of Social Justice Lecture Series. The event will feature a reading and moderated discussion of his powerful debut that demands a shift from punishment to healing, an end to prisons, and a new vision of justice.

Previously Peterson was the keynote speaker for Abolish or Reform: Bringing Justice to the Criminal Justice System for our annual Amplify Your Voice series in 2019. During that talk, he challenged our community to consider the narrative and our assumptions about justice.

Join us as we explore these ideas from his memoir, where, with vulnerability and insight, he uncovers the many cages—from the daily violence and trauma of poverty to policing, to enforced masculinity, and the brutality of incarceration—created and maintained by American society.

This event will occur LIVE on the Graduate College of Social Work's Facebook and YouTube page.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

6:00 PM CST


If you have a specific question for Marlon Peterson about Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom song, please CLICK HERE to submit your question for the audience Q&A.

ABOUT Marlon Peterson