Distinguished Lecture Series to host renowned civil rights lawyer, author

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host renowned civil-rights lawyer and author Michelle Alexander on campus Thursday as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series.

Alexander is most famous for her New York Times best-selling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which explores the imprisonment of millions of African Americans who are denied rights won by the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.

Before publishing her book, Alexander worked as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. Her experiences working for the ACLU inspired her to write her book, according to the book’s website.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Varsity Hall at Union South. The event is free and open to the public.

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