Dr. Angela Davis will speak at Ball State University to mark the relaunch of the African American Studies program at Ball State, and as the keynote speaker of the 2017 Diversity Symposium. Her topic is "Institutional Racism in the Penal & Criminal Justice System". Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice. This event is free and open to the public.