First Event in Series: Combating the Prison Industrial Complex

Testimonial Truth and Action: Panel Presentation with Wally Lamb, Brenda Medina, Kathy Wyatt, and LaResse Harvey

DATE: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
TIME: 4:00 pm
PLACE: Bishop Center, Room 7, University of Connecticut, Storrs

Book signing and Reception to follow

Wally Lamb

This panel presentation, featuring writers from nationally recognized author Wally Lamb’s collections: Couldn’t Keep It to Myself. Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution (Testimonies from our Imprisoned Sisters) and I’ll FlyAway: Further Testimonies from the Women of York  Prison, is part of a series titled “Combating the Prison Industrial Complex: Testimonial Truth and Action.”

Lamb book on women in prison

Meet the authors

If, as scholars and critics have aptly noted, the contemporary U.S. landscape is increasingly marked and marred by an ever-growing prison industry, then this series of readings, screenings, and panels attempts to bring context, raise awareness, and prompt action for an expansive problem. From women to men, from straight populations to LGBT demographics, inclusive of African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, the changing face of prisons reflects a crisis of human rights. As Angela Davis, a longtime activist/scholar, reminds, “Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings.” Even so, “Combating the Prison Industrial Complex: Testimonial Truth and Action” signals a mode of resistance, and the program features stories from those who have not been broken:  former inmates, prison rights advocates, and cultural activists.

Free and open to the public.

Book donations for the York Prison Library would be greatly appreciated.

For further info or special accommodations call 860-486-3997

This series brings together the Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Institute, Women’s Studies Program, Institute for African American Studies, Asian American Studies Institute, Rainbow Center, and student groups.

Sponsoring Institutes


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