Rothko Chapel

An Act of Justice: Undoing the Legacy of Mass Incarceration

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017 – Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017

07:00 PM

Presented in partnership with the Criminology, Law and Society Department at the University of St. Thomas, Houston

Join the Rothko Chapel and University of St. Thomas for a three-day symposium exploring the human rights issues associated with the criminal justice system in the United States. Learn more about the legacy of this complex system in our country and how individuals and community organizations are working together for equitable and sustainable reform.

The symposium will offer workshops, panels and keynote addresses featuring academics, activists, religious leaders, criminal justice reform experts, and individuals who were incarcerated and their families. Presenters include Professor Margaret Burnham, Northeastern University Law School; Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University; Anthony Graves, activist and Death Row Exoneree 138; Dolores Canales, anti-solitary confinement spokesperson; Dr. Robert LaCarra, University of St. Thomas Criminology Department; Rev. Ron Stief, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture; John Whitmire, Texas State Senator; Charles Rotramel, Houston reVision; Teri Burk, ACLU of Texas; Mimi Marziani, Texas Civil Rights Project; Jay Jenkins, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, and more.

About the Symposium

The symposium begins on Thursday, March 30th at 7pm with keynote address from professor Margaret Burnham, Professor of Law and African-American Studies at Northeastern University School of Law. The program will be followed by a reception on the Plaza.


  • Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Open every day of the year from 10 am - 6 pm.
  • Free Hours: Always free!

Directions & Parking

  • University of St. Thomas | 3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

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