Host Committee members available for interview

November 8, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper |


November 8, 2014

Press Contact: Larry Everest, 212.691.3345,

Host Committee signatories available for interviews:

Carl Dix is a co-founder, with Dr. Cornel West, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and has spent his life opposing injustice. He is a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party. In 1970, Carl was one of the Fort Lewis 6, the largest mass refusal to go to Vietnam by U.S. soldiers during that war. He spent two years in a U.S. military prison for this stand. Carl has been a leader in the fight against police terror and of the annual October 22 marches to stop police brutality. In 2011, he and Cornel West called for mass, nonviolent protest at New York City police precincts with the highest rates of stop-and-frisk, contributing to mass public opposition to the practice. Along with Dr. West, Carl put out the Call for the October 2014 Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation after a series of dialogues they held nationally, "In the Age of Obama...What Future for Our Youth?" In August, Carl joined mass protests in Ferguson, Missouri against the police murder of Michael Brown and was arrested while standing with the "defiant ones" on the first night of the National Guard mobilization there.

Ted Jennings is Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago. With interests ranging across Christian doctrine and biblical theology, his recent writings include Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel; Reading Derrida / Thinking Paul; and The Insurrection of the Crucified.

Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. He is the author of 12 books and was the first recipient of the Prometheus Prize, awarded by the American Philosophical Association for "lifetime contribution to expanding the frontiers of research in philosophy and science." He is also the winner of many other awards, most recently the Award for Distinguished Service to the Columbia Core Curriculum, the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award from Columbia University, the Lannan Foundation Notable Book Award, and the Friend of Darwin Award (given by the National Committee on Science Education).

Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chair, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. She is the author of over six books which have been translated into over 20 languages. Her newest book is Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy. She has received diverse awards, from multiple doctor honoris causa to being chosen as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy and is the 2013 winner of the Principe de Asturias Prize for the Social Sciences.

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