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February 2016

Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Anthony Ray Hinton

February 1, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Mr. Hinton was freed in April 2015 after 30 years on Alabama’s death row. Mr. Hinton will be accompanied by a representative of the Equal Justice Initiative, led by Bryan Stevenson, which was responsible for Mr. Hinton’s demonstration of innocence.

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Race, Innocence, & the End of the Death Penalty: Fernando Bermudez, LaMonte Armstrong & Theresa Newman

February 8, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Mr. Bermudez was wrongly convicted of murder in New York in 1991 and was exonerated in 2009. Mr. Armstrong was exonerated in 2013 of a Greensboro, NC murder for which he was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1995. Theresa Newman and others from the Duke Innocence Project secured Mr. Armstrong’s release.

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Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Gary Griffin and Ken Rose

February 22, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Mr. Griffin served five years on Mississippi’s death row before his death sentence was overturned. He was released from prison after 23 years in 2009 and is now an investigator working on post-conviction death penalty appeals in Jackson, Mississippi. Ken Rose has been a capital litigator for over 30 years, currently practices in Durham at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, and was Mr. Griffin’s appellate lawyer.

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Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Beverly and Katie Monroe

February 29, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Beverly Monroe was sentenced to 22 years in prison for murder in 1992; in fact, the death had been a suicide. Katie, her daughter, had just left law school and devoted the next 11 years to demonstrating the innocence of her mother, which she secured in 2003. Katie is now the Executive Director of

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March 2016

Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Serving Life

March 7, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Hidden Voices brings to the stage dramatic readings co-created with men currently sentenced to die in prison. “Serving Life” offers audiences the opportunity to both hear these stories and to respond to the men who live them, thereby creating a community call and response. A discussion with project leaders and prison mental health professionals will follow the performance.

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April 2016

Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Kimberly Davis

April 4, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Kimberly Davis is the sister of Georgia inmate Troy Davis, who was executed in 2011 after a world-wide mobilization based on claims of innocence. Jennifer Thompson will lead an audience discussion with Kimberly. Jennifer lives in Chapel Hill and is the President of

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Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Duke Innocence Project

April 11, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Duke Innocence Project attorneys Theresa Newman, James Coleman, and Jamie Lau. An examination of pending cases and discussion of the difficult work of an innocence project, including recognition that all the innocent will not go free.

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Race, Innocence & the End of the Death Penalty: Jennifer Thompson, Ronald Cotton, Rich Rosen & Mike Gauldin

April 18, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton are the authors of the best-selling memoir, Picking Cotton, the 2010 UNC Common Read. Rich Rosen, a retired UNC law professor, was one of Ronald’s attorneys. Mike Gauldin was the police detective who investigated the case. This is the first time all four key players in the story have been together for a public event in almost 20 years

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May 2016

Political Science Graduation Ceremony

May 8, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Memorial Hall, 114 E Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, 27514
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Brandon M. Lofton received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from New York University where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. He began his legal career working with Julius Chambers at the civil rights law firm, Ferguson Stein Chambers. Lofton joined the law firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. in 2007, working primarily in the…

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