New Location: Michelle Alexander to Present “The New Jim Crow” at ODU

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Columbus, OHOhio Dominican University (ODU) welcomes author, civil rights lawyer and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, J.D., to campus as she presents “The New Jim Crow” at 7 p.m., Sept. 18, 2014, in the Alumni Hall gymnasium, which is located on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

The event was originally scheduled to take place inside the Matesich Theatre, but was relocated due to the large demand for tickets.

Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” which examines the United States’ War on Drugs and its impact on communities of color. Her book appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List and won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction.

Alexander’s presentation is one of a series of events scheduled at ODU to support the University’s theme for the 2014-15 academic year, the Common Good.

Alexander has appeared on national media, including MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, C-SPAN and the Washington Journal.

She has taught at numerous universities, including Stanford Law School, Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. Alexander also served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California. She has worked as a litigator at private law firms, including Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller in Oakland, Calif., where she specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination. She also served as a law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University.

Attendees may purchase copies of “The New Jim Crow” in the ODU Bookstore for $19.95. A book signing and reception will be held immediately following the presentation. For more information on “The New Jim Crow,” visit

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.