The “Re-Visioning Justice in America” Conference will be held April 17-19, 2015, at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN.

This conference will bring together people from across the nation to collaboratively, imaginatively and effectively envision new ways to challenge the problems of mass incarceration and the death penalty.

Keynote speakers include

Michelle Alexander, JD, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

Bryan Stevenson, JD, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, professor at New York University School of Law, and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Howard Zehr, PhD, pioneer in restorative justice, professor at Eastern Mennonite University and author of Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice.

In addition, several presentations, panels, and workshops will be offered, addressing a variety of topics. Please see detailed descriptions under the SCHEDULE tab above.




The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University;  Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church;  

Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship,   Political Theory Program, Vanderbilt Department of Political Science, 

Carpenter Program for Religion, Gender and Sexuality, Vanderbilt Divinity School