|For Immediate Release|
March 10, 2000
In celebration of Women’sHistory Month, professor and political activist AngelaY. Davis will speak at Indiana UniversityNorthwest on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Davis, who has been active overthe years as a student, teacher, writer, scholar and activist organizer,will use research and personal experience during a free presentation tothe community on Social Justice: Women and Prison.
On March 21, Danille Taylor-Guthrie, associate professor of minoritystudies, will facilitate a brown bag lunch session on WhoIs Angela Davis?, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Raintree Hall,102. Dr. Guthrie will chronicle the life of Davis during the session.
Professor Davis’s commitment to prisoners’ rights dates back to herown 16-month incarceration in 1970, following a series of events that ledher to being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List on false charges.As a result of her social activism and membership in Communist Party, USA,Davis gained national attention in 1969 after being removed from her teachingposition at UCLA. Due to her involvementwith a campaign to free three San Quentin prisoners, the Soledad Brothers,Davis became subject of an intense police search that drove her underground,and culminated in one of the more famous trials in recent U.S. history.During her incarceration, an internationally organized campaign to FreeAngela Davis led to her acquittal in 1972.
Today, Davis remains an advocate of prison abolition and has developeda “powerful critique of racism in the criminal justice system.” She isa member of the Advisory Board of the Prison Activist Resource Center,and is currently working on a comparative study of women’s imprisonmentin the U.S., the Netherlands, and Cuba. As a tenured professor at the Universityof California-Santa Cruz in the historyof consciousness department, Davis has also received the distinguishedhonor of an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chairin African American and Feminist Studies. Ironically, California'sformer governor Ronald Regan once vowed that Davis would never again teachin the University of California system.
During the last 25 years, Davis has lectured in all of the 50 UnitedStates, as well as in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the former SovietUnion. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies,and she has authored five books.
The free Angela Davis public lecture will be in TamarackHall Theatre and is sponsored by Indiana University Northwest’s Women'sStudies Department, Women'sStudent Association, Black StudentUnion, ALMA, and the BlackHistory Month Celebration Committee. For more information, telephone219-980-6660 or go to the web.
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