Ava DuVernay, Chelsea Clinton among Harvard’s ‘Vision & Justice’ participants

Ava DuVernay arrives at the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. –Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Ava DuVernay, Wynton Marsalis, Chelsea Clinton, Bryan Stevenson, and Carrie Mae Weems are scheduled to be among the attendees at “Vision & Justice: A Creative Convening on Arts, Race, and Justice’’ at Harvard April 25-26.

The conference will look at the impact of the arts on issues of citizenship, race, and justice, according to a press release from Harvard.

Over the two-day event, DuVernay will discuss her forthcoming Netflix miniseries, “When They See Us,’’ about the Central Park Five. Clinton will speak with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who uncovered the water crisis in Flint, Mich. A number of other global figures will participate in performances and discussions.


“American citizenship has long been a project of vision and justice,’’ Sarah Lewis, an assistant professor at Harvard whose research and teaching inspired the event, said in a statement.

“I organized this convening based on my research and teaching, and I wanted to frame it around several guiding questions, and invite speakers who rarely converge to answer them anew.’’

Registration for “Vision & Justice’’ opens to Harvard students and staff on April 10 and to the public April 11.


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