Silicon Valley Reads 2017
De Anza College joins Silicon Valley Reads in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the program with books and events focused on the theme "... and justice for all." It's an opportunity to read, think and join a community conversation about bias and social justice.
We invite everyone in the De Anza College community and Silicon Valley to . . .
Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison
Events listed below will be held on campus. All events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events throughout the region, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 23
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College
Adam Benforado, author of "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice," one of this year's featured books, will be interviewed on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro. The conversation will be followed by audience Q&A and book signing.
The adjacent Euphrat Museum of Art will be open from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and during book signing for free viewing of the exhibit, "Justice for All?"
"Unfair" is a New York Times bestseller that uses dozens of real-life vignettes and research studies to show how innate bias about race, gender, appearance, education and economic status can influence fair treatment at every step of the legal system. The author proposes that technology and scientific advancements could be used to instill more equity into the system.
“I wrote "Unfair" because I wanted everyone to understand the hidden forces that lead to criminal injustice,” said Benforado, a professor of law at Drexel University.
"To make progress in our fight against abuse, unequal treatment and wrongful convictions, we must come together as a community to consider the psychological biases that shape the behavior of judges, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, police officers -- and all of the rest of us. Silicon Valley is the perfect place to have this conversation."
The kick-off is cosponsored by the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and De Anza College.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. No tickets or reservations required, though you may need to purchase a $3 ticket for on-campus parking.
Date: Feb 1-March 23
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, but closed Monday Feb. 20 for President's Day. Open to tour groups by appointment.
Reception with the artists and Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will also feature "Rolling Counterpoint," a community conversation project. Admission is free and open to the public.
Open Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with drop-in workshop, "Art & Empathy Artist Books."
"Justice for All?" features works that look at our collective history and the unconscious bias that impacts our systems and lives. The show includes "Liberty Weeps," a nine-foot cardboard sculpture, documentary photography, mural-size woodcut prints from Oaxaca, a film and poem about Japanese internment and a wall of portraits remembering people who have been targets of police violence. The artists face injustice and its consequences, calling for empathy to guide our actions and institutions.Artists include the ASARO Collective, Beta, Joseph Delappe, Adrian Discipulo, Rodney Ewing, Tatyana Fazlalideh, Yolanda Guerra, Taro Hattori, Jamil Hellu, David Izu, Emiko Omori, Oree Originol, Samuel Rodriguez, Kirstina Sangsahachart, and Judy Shintani. Special projects with Marco Marquez's graphic design students and Jen Myhre's sociology students..
Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, Conference Room B
Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the president and co-founder of #BeyondPrisons, an initiative designed to uplift the voices and experiences of those impacted by the criminal justice system.
His memoir, "Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison," was released in March 2016 and debuted on both the New York Times Best Seller List and the Washington Post Best Seller List.
"Writing My Wrongs" is a powerful memoir of Senghor’s 19-year incarceration for homicide, seven years of which were spent in solitary confinement. He used this time to discover literature, meditation, self-examination and the kindness of others – tools he used to confront the demons of his past, forgive people who had hurt him and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed.
Senghor’s story serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.