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Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St, Berkeley, California 94704
Abolition Feminisms with Angela Davis
Monday / 4.16.18 / 6:30
*PLEASE READ: Tickets will be made available 10 days prior to the event (free). Once all tickets have been claimed, we will open up a waitlist.
PLEASE READ: If you are a ticket holder, please be aware that if you are not seated in the theater by 6:15pm, you are relinquishing your reserved seat to those waiting at the door and who have signed up for the waitlist.
**Pending approval, this event may be available via livestream and if so the link will be made available on this discussion thread.
Curated by the Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquium; Berkeley Center for New Media
— Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary Ph.D program – and of Feminist Studies.
— Angela Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her recent books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. Her most recent book of essays, called Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, was published in February 2016.
Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.
Like many educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.
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— Arts + Design Mondays @ BAMPFA is organized and sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Arts + Design Initiative. The series is co curated by the Arts Research Center; Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium; Berkeley Center for New Media; Graduate School of Journalism; Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation; Regents' Lectureship Program; Department of Art Practice; Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities; and Department of English, all at UC Berkeley.
The spring 2018 series of Arts + Design Mondays is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Jan and Buzz Wiesenfeld. In-kind support is provided by BAMPFA.