This event will screen the full-length documentary 13th, created by filmmaker Ava DuVernay that explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Following the screening, will be a talkback with two featured interviewees of the film: Baz Dreisinger, Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Founding Director of John Jay’s Prison to College Pipeline, and author of Incarcerated Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World; and Cory Greene, a formerly incarcerated community organizer and Co-Founder of How Our Lives Link Altogether! (H.O.L.L.A!).

The discussion will be moderated by Kirk James, human rights activist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at NYU whose primary research and publications focus on deconstructing issues of mass incarceration.

At the end, the speakers will take questions from the audience about the film, mass incarceration, and how The New School can play a role.

This event is organized by Free The New School student group, Lang Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and Student Health Services.