Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: "The Central Park Five" with Speaker Andrea Marsh, UT School of Law

Thu, January 3, 2019 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1005 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Central Park Five
The Central Park Five

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (2012), from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Set against the backdrop of a city beset by violence and facing deepening rifts between races and classes, THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE intertwines the stories of these five young men, the victim, police officers and prosecutors, and Matias Reyes, unraveling the forces behind the wrongful convictions. The film illuminates how law enforcement, social institutions, and media undermined the very rights of the individuals they were designed to safeguard and protect.

Watch the trailer.

The screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by remarks and a question and answer session with Andrea Marsh, Clinical Lecturer and the Director of the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program in the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the University of Texas. In her role leading the Mithoff Program, Ms. Marsh works with students, private lawyers, and nonprofit organizations to develop and execute projects that provide legal services to underserved communities. Ms. Marsh has professional experience in civil rights advocacy, criminal justice policy, and nonprofit fundraising and management. Prior to joining Texas Law, Ms. Marsh founded the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP) and served as its Executive Director for ten years. While at the TFDP Ms. Marsh was a Humanities Institute Community Sabbatical Grantee, and she researched and developed a model for providing holistic criminal defense representation in Texas. Her project responded to the growing national recognition that many individuals accused of criminal offenses either have problems such as untreated mental health issues or face collateral consequences of criminal convictions that can severely disrupt their employment, housing, family relationships and immigrant status. Ms. Marsh is currently a Humanities Institute Faculty Fellow.

Refreshments will be provided.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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