Engage with the Art:
A Panel Discussion with
Leading Local Experts
Saturday, November 11, 2023
4:30 PM on the Arcadia Stage
Join the Arden and leading subject matter experts in a panel discussion to explore the themes of Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me. Editorial Director for WHYY News, Jamila Bey, will lead panelists Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, Kathryn Kolbert, Anjelica Hendricks, and Allyson Schwartz in a conversation about women’s rights, immigration, and the history and interpretation of the United States Constitution.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Jamila Bey (Moderator)
Jamila Bey is the editorial director of WHYY News. Bey has more than 20 years of experience as an editor, executive producer, reporter, host, and producer. Her career spans multiple news organizations, including NPR, Viacom/BET, and The Washington Post.
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an Emmy Award-winning writer, an educator, activist, and playwright. She is a Professor of Constitutional Law and African Studies at John Jay College (CUNY). She was a Fall 2022 Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Professor. Browne-Marshall is a social justice advocate who litigated cases for Southern Poverty Law Center, Community Legal Services, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. She was a law clerk in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. She is an award-winning legal correspondent who has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, France24 and BBC. Browne-Marshall is writer and host of “Your Democracy” the award-winning animated series on the U.S. Constitution produced by WHYY. Gloria is also a playwright and author. Her play, SHOT: Caught a Soul was published by TRW, received a Pulitzer Center grant, and depicts a Black teen haunting the White police officer who killed him. Dreams of Emmett Till takes the brutal encounter between Till and Carolyn Bryant into the 21st century; the filmed version won the American Film Award. CROSSROADS, her play-in-progress, explores White rage, Black ambition and the American Dream. She attended the MFA playwrighting program at Sarah Lawrence College. Browne-Marshall is the author of “She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power,” “The Voting Rights War,” and “Race, Law, and American Society.” She is a featured expert in PBS documentaries “Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom,” “Making Frederick Douglass” and “Let the World See” about Mamie Till and Emmett shown on ABC/Hulu.
Reproductive rights attorney, Kathryn Kolbert has had a long and distinguished career advancing women’s rights. A co-founder of the Center for Reproductive Rights, she has argued two abortion cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 case which has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade. Casey and Roe were recently overruled by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. She is also the co-author of the recent book Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom and the popular Ted talk on the end of Roe, Kolbert has been speaking to audiences across the country about what to do in the post Dobbs era.
Allyson Y. Schwartz, MSS, is long-time public servant and recognized leader on health policy. Former Member of Congress (2005-2015) and PA. State Senator (1991-2005). She was the third woman elected to PA. Senate and was the only woman in the PA. delegation to Congress for most of her decade of service. She is former President & CEO, Better Medicare Alliance and is currently Senior Advisor, FTI Consulting in Healthcare & Life Sciences. Schwartz’s early work in the private sector included being founding Executive Director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center, a feminist women’s health center founded in 1974, just after the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, that offered full gynecology services, pregnancy testing, first-trimester abortions and an out-of-hospital birth center. She is well-known for her advocacy for women and children, healthcare access and quality, and work in modernizing payment and care delivery in Medicare.
Anjelica Hendricks (she/her) is a Quattrone Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Anjelica’s current research focuses on policing surveillance technologies, police use of force, and police discipline. Her academic work draws on her experiences as a Senior Policy Analyst for Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission (PAC), where she worked to identify systemic barriers to police accountability, and as a Philadelphia Public Defender, where she represented indigent clients in criminal proceedings. Anjelica also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Anjelica received a BA in Political Science & Philosophy from James Madison University, and her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
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Marilyn and David Kraut
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