Monday, October 6, 2014

Duke Divinity School will host a public panel discussion Oct. 28 on "Race, Incarceration and the Death Penalty" featuring two leading international  advocates in the fight against the death penalty and the racialization of criminal justice in the United States.

The Rev. Joe Ingle, a United Methodist Church minister from Tennessee and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and Jeremy Collins, an advocate for the Criminal Justice and Voting Rights projects with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, will tell their stories followed by an open discussion. Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel and associate professor of the practice of homiletics at the Divinity School, will moderate.

The panel discussion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 0016 of the Westbrook Building. It is being sponsored by the Office of the Dean and the Office of Black Church Studies, both at the school; PRIMEDD (Prison Ministry Enlivening Duke Divinity), a student group; The Innocence Project of Duke Law School; and the Franklin Humanities Institute.

Ingle is most known for his long friendship with Philip Workman, who was executed after 25 years of legal process despite serious doubts about his guilt. Ingle wrote about this case in his book, The Inferno. He also has been involved with many other people on death row as depicted in another book, Last Rights, that Ingle wrote.

Collins has held several positions with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. A native of Dardens, N.C., he earned undergraduate degrees and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to law school, he served as an organizer, campaign director, and lobbyist advocating civil rights and social justice causes.

Free pizza and beverages will be provided to all students at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Professor Douglas Campbell at (919) 998-9073.