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Angela Davis to Speak at Susquehanna University

Published on September 29, 2010

SELINSGROVE—Angela Davis, internationally known activist, author and professor of African-American and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss the future of American prisons on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Widely known for her radical activism in the 1960s and early ’70s, Davis remains an engaged scholar and prolific author. Among her eight published books, her most recent two are “Are Prisons Obsolete?” and “Abolition Democracy.” Since her recent retirement from a full-time position at UCSC, Davis spends the majority of her time travelling the world, speaking with audiences about oppression, injustice, and what she believes is the systematic criminalization of minority communities and the poor. In doing so, she draws on her extensive body of scholarly research and on her own experience, having been placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list in the 1970s and subsequently spending more than 18 months in prison and on trial. (She eventually was acquitted of all charges as an accomplice to conspiracy, kidnapping and homicide in the death of a California superior court judge.)

In addition to teaching at UCSC, Davis has taught at San Francisco State University, Mills College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges and Stanford University. She is a member of the executive board of the Women of Color Resource Center, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that emphasizes popular education of and about women who live in conditions of poverty. She also works with Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison and advocates for abolishing imprisonment in favor of strategies that address social problems. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, a similar organization based in Queensland, Australia.

Free and open to the public, Davis’ talk will be followed by a Q-and-A session, a reception and book signing.

Sponsored by Susquehanna University’s Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society, Davis’ talk is the first in “The Adams Center Presents” series, a showcase for speakers of national and international stature confronting critical issues related to law and society. In addition to sponsoring high-profile speakers, the Adams Center provides a forum and research opportunities for examining issues that affect human rights and social responsibility, involve science and technology, or require constitutional interpretation.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a residential, national liberal arts college that prepares undergraduate students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. More than 2,200 students come to Susquehanna from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Karen M. Jones


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