FLEXN Conversations: Race and the City

Join us for free public conversations that address some of the most pressing issues explored in FLEXN. Participants include young people, public figures, educators, NYPD Commissioners, community leaders, and representatives from CASES, Correctional Association of New York, New York Center for Juvenile Justice, the Vera Institute of Justice, and Sustainable South Bronx.

Conversations begin one hour prior to the start of performances, and are moderated by Peter Sellars and Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray.

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00pm - Race Still Matters
Charles M. Blow, Op-Ed columnist, The New York Times
Tynesha McHarris, Director of Community Leadership, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Ritchie Torres, New York City Council Member, 15th District (Central Bronx)

Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm - Making Neighborhoods Safe for Play
Majora Carter, Urban revitalization strategy consultant and real estate developer
Susan Herman, Deputy Commissioner for Collaborative Policing, New York City Police Department
Tyree Hicks, graduate of The Arches Program, New York City Department of Probation
Reverend Dr Alfonso Wyatt, Founder and CEO, Strategic Destiny: Designing Futures Through Faith and Facts

Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm - Reforming Rikers
Mary E. Buser, Former Assistant Chief of Mental Health, “The Bing”, Rikers Island
Sister Marion Defeis, Former Chaplain, Rikers Island
Ismael Nazario, Case Worker, The Fortune Society
Jennifer J. Parish, Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy, Mental Health Project, Urban Justice Center

Saturday, March 28 at 7:00pm - Profiling Stop & Frisk
Ashley Ellis, founder EMYRGE
Eli Silverman, Professor Emeritus, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of City University of New York
Benjamin B. Tucker, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department

Sunday, March 29 at 2:00pm - Judging the Juvenile Justice System
Hernan Carvente, Research Assistant, Vera Institute of Justice
Michael A Corriero, Executive Director and Founder, New York Center for Juvenile Justice
Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Correctional Association of New York

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00pm - Informing and Reforming: Rikers
Mary E. Buser, Former Assistant Chief of Mental Health, “The Bing”, Rikers Island
Jennifer Gonnerman, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Robert Sanchez, Facilitator & Case Worker, Working It Out Program, Strive
Michael Schwirtz, Reporter, The New York Times

Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm - College or Prison?
Shawn Dove, CEO, The Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Rachel Gilmer, Associate Director, African American Policy Forum
Ron Tabano, Principal, John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School

Friday, April 3 at 7:00pm - Policing the Neighborhood
Rukia Lumumba, Director of Youth Programs, CASES
James O’Neill, Chief of Department, New York City Police Department
Marlon Peterson, founder and chief re-imaginator of The Precedential Group
Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member, 45th District (Brooklyn)

Saturday, April 4 at 7:00pm - Restorative Justice
Victoria Sammartino, Founder, Voices UnBroken
Danielle Sered, Director, Common Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
Ashley Ellis, Intensive Youth Specialist/Agent of Transformation, founder, EMYRGE

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory

Photo: Stephanie Berger

Support for this production has been provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

This production is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



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