Common Ground

JustLeadershipUSA: Reverend Vivian Nixon and DeAnna Hoskins

Featuring Rev. Nixon, Hoskins, and Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Leaders in criminal justice reform Reverend Vivian Nixon and DeAnna Hoskins sit down with Rail Editor-at-Large Reverend Dr. Donna Schaper for a conversation on the work of JustLeadershipUSA. We conclude with a poetry reading by Rail Poetry Editor Anselm Berrigan.

In this talk

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Reverend Vivian D. Nixon

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Advocate and writer Reverend Vivian D. Nixon is Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship (CCF), an organization that helps women and families most harmed by mass criminalization gain equitable access to opportunity and human rights. Instructed and ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Reverend Nixon has an MFA from Columbia School of the Arts, and currently teaches at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action. She is a recipient of the John Jay Medal for Justice and Fellowships with programs at the Aspen Institute, Open Society Foundations, and Pen America. Reverend Nixon has published book chapters, essays, and poetry, recently co-editing a collection of essays : What We Know: Solutions from Inside the Justice System.

DeAnna Hoskins

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President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) DeAnna Hoskins has been at the helm of the organization since 2018. Prior to JLUSA, Ms. Hoskins was at the Department of Justice where she joined under the Obama Administration. Prior to joining the DOJ, Ms. Hoskins was the founding Director of Reentry for Ohio’s Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners. Ms. Hoskins is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelors of Social Work from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, a certified Workforce Development Specialist trainer for formerly incarcerated people, a Peer Recovery Coach, and is trained as a Community Health Worker.

Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper

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Community builder Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper served as Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church from 2006 to 2021. She was formerly at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami and before that at Yale University, and teaches leadership at the Hartford Seminary. As an elder, she is passionately concerned about leaving the next generation well-prepared for all they have to face. She has written over 35 books including Approaching End of Life: A Practical and Spiritual Guide (2015), Grace at Table: Small Spiritual Solutions to Large Material Problems, Solving Everything (2013), to her most recent book I Heart Francis: Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer (2016), among many others. She is an Editor-at-Large at the Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Anselm Berrigan reading.

Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan
Poet Anselm Berrigan was born in 1972 in Chicago. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Something for Everybody, Come in Alone, Notes from Irrelevance, Free Cell, and Integrity and Dramatic Life. With Alice Notley and his brother Edmund Berrigan, he co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan. Berrigan was a New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellow in poetry in 2007 and has received three grants from the Fund for Poetry. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. He is the Poetry editor of the Rail.