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Silicon Valley Reads 2017

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De Anza College joins Silicon Valley Reads in celebrating the 15th anniversary of the program with books and events focused on the theme "... and justice for all." It's an opportunity to read, think and join a community conversation about bias and social justice.

We invite everyone in the De Anza College community and Silicon Valley to . . .

  • Read one or more of the featured books
  • Attend events — there's something for everyone
  • Engage with others in discussion and share perspectives

The Silicon Valley Reads 2017 Kick Off Event is Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza. Admission is free, with open seating on a first come basis. The event also provides an extra opportunity to check out the "Justice for All?" multi-media exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art on campus.


More than 100 free events are planned from February to March 2017. Visit the Silicon Valley Reads event listing for details on all events, including many for children and families.


See De Anza events below, including a reception for artists at the Euphrat and campus appearances by this year's featured authors.

Featured Books Available on Campus

Both of this year's featured books are available in the Library and scheduled to be on sale in the Bookstore starting Feb. 14. Visit the Silicon Valley Reads 2017 selections page to learn more about the authors and their work.

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice
by Adam Benforado


 image of book cover for Unfair
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison
by Shaka Senghor


cover image of Writing My Wrongs

De Anza College Events

Events listed below will be held on campus. All events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of events throughout the region, visit the Silicon Valley Reads website.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 23
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College

Adam Benforado, author of "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice," one of this year's featured books, will be interviewed on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro. The conversation will be followed by audience Q&A and book signing.

The adjacent Euphrat Museum of Art will be open from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and during book signing for free viewing of the exhibit, "Justice for All?"

"Unfair" is a New York Times bestseller that uses dozens of real-life vignettes and research studies to show how innate bias about race, gender, appearance, education and economic status can influence fair treatment at every step of the legal system.  The author proposes that technology and scientific advancements could be used to instill more equity into the system.

Adam Benforado“I wrote "Unfair" because I wanted everyone to understand the hidden forces that lead to criminal injustice,” said Benforado, a professor of law at Drexel University.

"To make progress in our fight against abuse, unequal treatment and wrongful convictions, we must come together as a community to consider the psychological biases that shape the behavior of judges, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, police officers -- and all of the rest of us.  Silicon Valley is the perfect place to have this conversation."

The kick-off is cosponsored by the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and De Anza College.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. No tickets or reservations required, though you may need to purchase a $3 ticket for on-campus parking.

photo of Liberty WeepsDate: Feb 1-March 23
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, but closed Monday Feb. 20 for President's Day. Open to tour groups by appointment.

Reception with the artists and Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will also feature "Rolling Counterpoint," a community conversation project. Admission is free and open to the public.

Open Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with drop-in workshop, "Art & Empathy Artist Books." 

"Justice for All?" features works that look at our collective history and the unconscious bias that impacts our systems and lives. The show includes "Liberty Weeps," a nine-foot cardboard sculpture, documentary photography, mural-size woodcut prints from Oaxaca, a film and poem about Japanese internment and a wall of portraits remembering people who have been targets of police violence. The artists face injustice and its consequences, calling for empathy to guide our actions and institutions.

Artists include the ASARO Collective, Beta, Joseph Delappe, Adrian Discipulo, Rodney Ewing, Tatyana Fazlalideh, Yolanda Guerra, Taro Hattori, Jamil Hellu, David Izu, Emiko Omori, Oree Originol, Samuel Rodriguez, Kirstina Sangsahachart, and Judy Shintani. Special projects with Marco Marquez's graphic design students and Jen Myhre's sociology students..

For more information about the exhibit and artists, including samples of featured artwork, visit the Euphrat Museum of Art website. You can also read the reviews of this exhibit in Metro Silicon Valley and the Mercury News.

Date: Wednesday, March 22
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, Conference Room B

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the president and co-founder of #BeyondPrisons, an initiative designed to uplift the voices and experiences of those impacted by the criminal justice system.

Shaka SenghorHis memoir, "Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison," was released in March 2016 and debuted on both the New York Times Best Seller List and the Washington Post Best Seller List.

"Writing My Wrongs" is a powerful memoir of Senghor’s 19-year incarceration for homicide, seven years of which were spent in solitary confinement.  He used this time to discover literature, meditation, self-examination and the kindness of others – tools he used to confront the demons of his past, forgive people who had hurt him and begin atoning for the wrongs he had committed.

Senghor’s story serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.


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Last Updated: 2/21/17