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Events February 14, 2020

CANCELED: Bryan Stevenson: Presidential Colloquium

Bryan Stevenson in front of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Photograph by Rog and Bee Walker for the Equal Justice Initiative

As part of the college's ongoing response to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Information about a new date will be posted if and when the event is rescheduled.  Activist and attorney Bryan Stevenson—executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” award for his work fighting the death penalty—will deliver a talk titled “Just Mercy: The Movement for Justice and Redemption” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in John M. Greene Hall at Smith College.

The event, which is part of Smith’s Presidential Colloquium series, is open to the public, but free tickets are required. (See “About Tickets” below.)

About Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

Stevenson led the creation of EJI's highly acclaimed cultural sites, the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opened in 2018. 

For his work, Stevenson has received numerous awards, including 41 honorary doctorates, the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association's highest honor.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Stevenson is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy.” In 2019, Warner Brothers released a major motion picture by the same name, based on this book.

About tickets

This event is open to the public, but free tickets are required.

Priority pickup for Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae

  • Monday, March 2, though Wednesday, March 11
  • Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Campus Center 106
  • OneCard or Smith ID number required

Members of the general public, including members of the Five College community

  • Beginning Thursday, March 12, and until all tickets are gone (call 413/585-2639 to confirm availability)
  • Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Campus Center 106

About seating

Doors open at 4 p.m. on the day of the event for members of the Smith community (with tickets and ID).

Doors open at 4:20 p.m. for members of the Five College community and members of the general public (with tickets and ID).

John M. Greene Hall seats approximately 2,000 people. Guests arriving after John M. Greene Hall is full will be invited to watch a live simulcast in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

About Smith’s Presidential Colloquium Series

The Presidential Colloquium regularly features influential thought leaders in a wide range of fields—from poets and writers to economists and policy experts—to share their expertise, offer insights and inspire discourse on key social, political and global topics that call for our attention. Lectures are free and open to the public.