Initiatives Urban Humanities and Their Publics

“Chapter & Verse” at Columbia University School of the Arts, Feb 18

Event advertisement for "Chapter & Verse"

From our friends at Columbia University of the Arts:

Chapter & Verse
Thurs, Feb 18, 2016, 6:30 pm
Co-sponsored by the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies

Jamal Joseph, School of the Arts
Kathy Boudin, Center for Justice
Soffiyah Elijah, Correctional Association of New York
Carl Hart, Department of Psychology
Samuel Roberts, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Introduced by Maureen Ryan, Film Program
Moderated by Kendall Thomas, School of Law
Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway


Interdisciplinary conversation on race, justice, and the carceral continuum following a screening of Jamal Joseph’sChapter & Verse.

About the film: “Upon his return from serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Lance lives under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a half-way house. Unable to find a job with the computer tech training he received in prison, Lance is forced to take a deliveryman job in a food pantry. It is thus that he meets and is befriended by Ms. Maddy, a 60-year old strong and spirited grandmother. Lance assume responsibility for Ty’s well being, Ms. Maddy’s 15-year old grandson—a promising student and artist who has become involved in a dangerous Harlem street gang. Lance tries to make peace with G-Rod, the charismatic gang leader and makes a deal to let Ty walk away. But when gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the ‘law of the streets, Lance decides to sacrifice his ‘second chance’ at freedom so that Ty can have a ‘first chance’ at a better life.”