Schedule of Events

All events will be taking place at the Yale University Art Gallery, except for the Peer Resource Exchange, which will take place at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale; and the Closing Receptions on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th, which will both take place at Artspace. For directions, map and parking information, click here


1:00pm - 2:00pm at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale

Peer Resource Exchange

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about local initiatives and interact with organizations committed to improving lives and driving social change.

1:30pm - 2:30pm Registration 

2:30pm - 2:35pm Opening Remarks

2:40pm - 3:50pm 

Race in the Media

Panelists discuss how racial bias is portrayed in the news and popular media, pausing to examine the language used to describe crime and recent events.  How is race invoked?  How does language shape public perception? 

Panelists: Courtney Baker, Josh Kovner, Kenya (Robinson), Frances Robles, Kirsten West-Savali

Moderator: Aliyya Swaby

4:00pm - 4:55pm 

Community Forum / Round Table

Community leaders from New Haven discuss the changing conversation on race in America and the impact on their communities.  How have events from the past two years changed the dialogue and way of leading communities?

Community Leaders: Sabir Abdussabur, Barbara Fair, Amos Smith, Kyisha Velazquez

Moderator: Clifton E. Graves Jr.

5:30pm - 7:00pm  Reception at Artspace


Featuring a live reading from "The Justice Imperative" (2014) by members of the Malta Justice Initiative. Copies available for purchase.

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

9:00am - 9:30am Registration

9:30am – 9:35am  Opening Remarks 

9:35am - 10:35am

Differing Perspectives on Racial Disparities In the Criminal Justice System

Panelists discuss racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the impact of those disparities on the values underlying the system. Topics include: Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, and Connecticut.

Panelists: Shafiq Abdussabur, Dread Scott, Susan Shah, Stephen Glassman 

Moderator: John DeCarlo

10:40am - 11:40am

Stigma and Mercy 

Panelists examine what it means to be labeled as a felon, and the lost concept of redemption in our society.

Panelists: George Chochos, Matthew D. Croasmun, Sean Dalpiaz, Linda Ross Meyer

Moderator: Leland J. Moore

11:45am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions


Attendees will break up into small groups to visit artworks from Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Gallery educators will lead open discussions around each work’s composition and historical context, focusing on the representation of identity and power.  

12:15-1:00pm Break for Lunch

1:00pm - 1:25pm

Student Performance

Artspace's 15th annual Summer Apprenticeship Program presents an excerpt from their original play.

Students: Mama Soumahoro, Gaylord Salters, Kayla Salters, Myles Davis, Dymin Ellis, Ivory Smith, Anthony Simpson, Emanuel Luck, Jasmine Smith, Mya Baldwin, Katie Browe

Lead Artists: Aaron Jafferis, Dexter Singleton

1:30pm - 2:00pm Keynote

Clint Smith

Poet, educator and lecturer, Clint Smith reflects on art and activism as it relates to the current moment. 

2:10pm - 3:10pm

Family Matters: The unintended effects of Incarceration on the Families of Prisoners

Panelists discuss how the incarceration of a family member has shaped their family life, their ability to succeed, and their relationship with their community.

Panelists: Donald Braman, Giselle Jacobs, Titus Kaphar

Moderator: Kumar Viswanathan

3:20pm - 4:40pm

Decarcerating America

Panelists discuss major movements in prison policy reform the feasibility of reducing America’s burgeoning prison population, while preserving public safety.

Panelists: Maria Gaspar, Mark Holden, Glenn E. Martin, Scott Semple, Peter Wagner

Moderator: Vesla Mae Weaver

 4:40pm - 4:45pm Closing Remarks

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Closing Reception and poetry reading at Artspace

Featuring: Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur, Ifeanyi Awachie, Aaron Jafferis, R. Dwayne Betts

Directions to Artspace.