Tanner Lectures
Bryan Stevenson

Social Justice Action: How We Change the World

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If you weren’t able to get tickets, there will be a standby line to fill empty seats. We suggest patrons arrive around 3:15pm for the standby line. First come, first served. Admission is not guaranteed, however we will admit as many people as possible just prior to the start of the event. The line will form outside First Parish in Cambridge on Church Street.

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values presents

Bryan Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, author of Just Mercy


Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and has been awarded 29 honorary doctorate degrees. He is the author of award winning and New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.


Drew G. Faust
President, Harvard University

Homi K. Bhabha
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center


Nancy Gertner
Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; U.S. District Judge (Retired)

Tommie Shelby
Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University

Carol S. Steiker
Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


4pm: Lecture

5:30pm: Break

5:45pm: Panel discussion

Cosponsored with the Office of the President at Harvard.

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