The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost presents
2015 Guy Stanton Ford Lecture Series Speaker
Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy
"Each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done."
Bryan Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. His electrifying TED talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed over one million times.
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His much anticipated memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.Read More
"Words such as important and compelling may have lost their force through overuse, but to read this book is to feel that they have been restored, along with one's hopes for humanity."
— Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Carlson Family Stage at Northrop
Free admission, Open to the public
Guy Stanton Ford, professor of history, was president of the University of Minnesota from 1938 to 1941. With his earlier service as graduate school dean, he helped to transform the University of Minnesota into one of the nation's top research and graduate institutions.
After his death in 1962, Ford's family, friends, and colleagues established an endowment fund for the Guy Stanton Ford Memorial Lecture. This lecture, now held once every two years, brings to the University of Minnesota distinguished scholars from many different areas of inquiry, reflecting Ford's own broad intellectual interests.