President’s Gallery
at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
899 Tenth Avenue, Haaren Hall, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10019

OPENING RECEPTION:
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
from 5:30-7:00pm

ON DISPLAY:
March 30th, 2015 through May 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

JOHN JAY COLLEGE, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK’S, PRESIDENT’S GALLERY proudly presents 50 Anniversary Celebration Student Show The Future of Justice.

The Future of Justice is an exhibition of contest-winning student artistic and academic works that articulate idea about justice. Planned as a celebration of John Jay’s mission of educating for justice during the College’s 50th Anniversary year, the fall 2014 submission deadline coincided with a difficult moment in U.S. public life, as several unarmed African-American men were killed by police in different parts of the country and protesters marched in the streets. These events challenged the nation’s commitment to the optimistic and unprecedented vision of justice offered by the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal.” The ethical crisis that gave rise to so many of the works in this exhibit serves as a reminder that the Declaration’s promise was universal in its intention, but that its reach has always been limited. Further, each work makes clear that the future of justice is rooted in our past. History’s wrongs can make a future for justice elusive. Yet we continue to work towards an inclusive and fully realized practice of our democratic ideals, and this exhibit testifies to the importance of returning to justice as the ethical and political touchstone of the future society we wish to see.

Participating students: Rowland Davis, Ronny DeJesus, Angela Joseph-Pauline,Bismarck Martinez, Fernando Pena, Donauta Starcevic, Rafaelina Tineo and Spencer Washington

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