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Grace Spring Forum Online with Deanna van Buren: Designing Justice

Monday, June 21 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Restorative justice, an approach to justice that seeks to restore and repair the people and relationships impacted by crime, has seen worldwide growth since the 1990s. Rather than focusing on punishment, this philosophical approach to justice relies on values such as respect, participation, trust, accountability and healing. 

Deanna Van Buren is one of only 500 black female architects in the U.S. and is a nationally known advocate for magnifying the role of design in creating social change. She is the Executive Director, Design Director and Co-Founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, whose bold idea is that by transforming the spaces and places where we do justice, we can transform the culture of justice in our society.  

Each year the cathedral chooses a theme for inspiration and reflection, and in 2021 our theme is healing. Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a conversation with Deanna van Buren about building the change that we believe in. 

Register here soon to join the Zoom webinar. 

Space is limited. The Forum will also be broadcast on Facebook, and posted on our Youtube channel for viewing following the livestream.   

You can help us bring the arts to life at Grace with a gift today to The Forum. Click here to give or text Think to 76278.   

About the guest 

Deanna Van Buren is the Executive Director, Design Director, and Co-Founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, and one of only 500 black female architects in the U.S. She is a nationally known advocate for magnifying the role of design for ending mass incarceration, and her work includes the creation of multi-use hubs for restorative justice and workforce development across the country. Deanna received her BS in architecture from the University of Virginia and her MArch from Columbia University, and she is an alumna of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. 


Deanna Van Buren presents Designing Justice + Designing Spaces | The World Around Summit 2021 

Deanna Van Buren’s TED talk What a world without prisons could look like 

About the host   

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.  

About The Forum  

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.  More about Grace Forum Online