Saturday, February 19, 2011

Symposum celebrating freedom, justice and Barbara Jordan

Michele Deitch from the LBJ School emails to remind me that late registration is still open for an event in Austin on Monday filled with notable topics and speakers:
REMINDER:  Please join us for this important and exciting Symposium on Monday featuring two of the country's leading criminal and juvenile justice experts--Marc Mauer from The Sentencing Project and Shay Bilchik from Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and former head of OJJDP.  Panelists also include many of Texas's most prominent practitioners, advocates, and scholars in the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and educational reform fields. Sen. Rodney Ellis will deliver a keynote address at lunchtime.

February 21, 2011
Bass Lecture Hall
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

Presented by the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation
Co-sponsored with the LBJ School of Public Affairs as part of a weeklong tribute to
Barbara Jordan in commemoration of her 75th birthday
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Luncheon Keynote
(lunch served in the LBJ School 1st Floor Lobby)
Welcome and Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation Launch Announcement:  Prof. Michele Deitch (LBJ School of Public Affairs and Board Member, Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation)
Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Dean Robert Hutchings (LBJ School of Public Affairs)
TEXAS STATE SEN. RODNEY ELLIS (D-Houston, and Board Member, Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation)
1:15 – 2:15 pm         Panel 1:
Reducing Risk and Building Strength Through Educational Reforms and Early Childhood Interventions
Roundtable Discussion with:
Dr. Gregory Vincent (UT Vice-President for Diversity and Community Engagement)
Prof. Norma Cantu (UT College of Ed. and School of Law)
Kara Johnson (Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition)
Prof. Julian Heilig (UT College of Ed.)
Facilitator:  Dr. Lynda Frost (Hogg Foundation for Mental Health)
2:15 – 2:30 pm         BREAK
2:30 – 4:00 pm         Panel 2:
The Need for Juvenile Justice Reform
Lead Speaker:  Shay Bilchik (former head of OJJDP; current Executive Director, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform)
Vicki Spriggs (Executive Director, Texas Juvenile Probation Commission)
Senior District Judge Jeanne Meurer (Travis County juvenile judge)
Prof. David Springer (UT School of Social Work)
4:00 – 4:15         pm          BREAK
4:15 – 5:45 pm         Panel 3:
Mass Incarceration, Race, and Criminal Justice System Reform
Lead Speaker:  Marc Mauer (Executive Director, The Sentencing Project)
Steve Martin (Attorney and Corrections Consultant; author of
Texas Prisons:  The Walls Came Tumbling Down)
District Judge John Creuzot (Dallas County criminal judge)
Ana Yanez Correa (Executive Director, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition)
Facilitator:  Michele Deitch (LBJ School of Public Affairs)

5:45 – 6:30 pm          RECEPTION
My apologies to Michele for not posting this sooner. My bad; just got backed up in the pile. :-(


Anonymous said...

What time will the obligatory Kumbaya singing be? :-)

Anonymous said...

Looks interesting. Wish I had known about it sooner, would have liked to attend.

Bill Bush

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Wish I'd put it up earlier, Bill, sorry.

3:23, I'm not sure when the singing starts, but at least you got in your obligatory, preemptive cheap shot. Feel better?

That said, personally I wish such public policy events had just a little more singing and a few fewer panel discussions, just to liven things up. :)

Anonymous said...

No worries, Grits! I probably failed to read an email notice from TCJC or something.


Anonymous said...

We all celebrate freedom and justice. When I have been to liberal rallies for "freedom and justice" it has often turned out to be the "freedom and justice" version that ACORN peddled.

Anonymous said...

Break out the Kleenex.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

5:36, interesting how you conflate "liberal rallies" with academic symposia honoring a bona fide Texas (and American) civil rights hero. This whole anti-intellectualism meme on the right really makes me wonder where all the Buckleys, Hayeks, Friedmans and other intellectual giants have gone in the conservative movement. In other western countries, the word "elite" is a synonym for "rich." Weirdly, in America and Texas instead it's too often used on the right as as a synonym for "smart."

To that extent, arguably, your comments reveal more about you than they accurately describe this event. Perhaps you should attend and find out first-hand whether it exemplifies all the stereotypes you casually attribute to it from behind a veil of ignorance and anonymity.