If Beale Street Could Talk
Featuring a post-film discussion on criminal justice reform with Boston University sociology professor Dr. Jessica Simes and Executive Director of the New England Innocence Project Radha Natarajan, moderated by Dr. Raul Fernandez.
About Jessica Simes
Dr. Jessica Simes is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University with broad interests in punishment, urban inequality, poverty and marginality, and immigration. In her research, she studies the neighborhood conditions of mass imprisonment and the enduring racial disparities in incarceration. Her research has focused on analyzing prison records to understand spatial inequalities in incarceration in historical perspective across Massachusetts cities and neighborhoods.
About Radha Natarajan
Radha Natarajan is the Executive Director of the New England Innocence Project and also a Lecturer at BU’s School of Law. After 12 years as a public defender Radha joined the New England Innocence Project bringing her litigation skills, compassion and a fierce determination to bring an end to wrongful convictions. Nationally recognized as an expert in eyewitness identification, Radha applies the lessons learned in the reform of eyewitness identification to other flawed uses of forensic sciences. She provides trainings across the country to the judiciary, the defense bar, prosecutors and law enforcement.
About Raul Fernandez
Dr. Raul Fernandez is the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and a lecturer at Boston University’s School of Education. He teaches a graduate course on diversity and justice in education and studies the impact of school segregation on the racial dialogue gap. He also serves as a Town Meeting Member for Brookline's 9th Precinct, and as an active member of Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity. Dr. Fernadez co-created the Wide Lens film program with the Coolidge in 2018.