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Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter

CWU Events

Public Events during 2015-16


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April 5 at 7pm: Dr. Norm Stamper will present Police Militarization, the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration  Location: SURC Ballroom 215 A-B

April 6: Frank Wilderson, Capital or Social Death? The Conflicting Logics of America’s Carceral DreamStudent session and evening keynote. SURC  Ballroom, 7:00 pm.

April 13 at 7:00 pm. Harry Edwards, The Promise and the Limits of Athlete Protests to Compel Social Change. The focus will be to compare and contrast the athlete activism of the 1960's and that occurring today -at places such as the University of Missouri- and to present some projections as to the course and trajectory of such actions moving forward. 

April 14, 2016 at 7:00pm: Rethinking Inner city violence in the Age of Mass Incarceration, by Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History, University of Michigan. Location: SURC 137

April 19 at 7:30 pm. Lion Rock Writer's Series. Fred D'Aguiar (fiction/drama poetry). D’Aguiar’s work explores the social and historical roots of racial injustice in the US and the Caribbean. His most recent novel, Children of Paradise, is about Jonestown; he is Guyanese-British and writes historical fiction about slavery, Guyana, and diaspora from the Caribbean.

April 20 at 6:30pm Dr. Dennis Childs (University of California, San Diego) will speak on his new book: Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary. Location: SURC 137A/B

April 25 at 7:00 pm. Tyrone Howard, Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of Black Males. Dr. Tyrone Howard will address academic, social, and economic factors that plague Black males at an early age and grow increasingly worse over time. The results of these conditions disproportionately results in over incarceration, under employment, and significant lessening in quality of life. Location: SURC 301, SURC Theatre

April 26, 2016, 4pm: Race, Masculinity, and Mass Incarceration. Participants are Natalie Cisneros (Seattle Univ.), Brady Heiner (Cal State-Fullerton), and Andrew Dilts (Loyola Marymount) and will be moderated by Cynthia Coe.
Location: Black Hall 150

April 28 at 7:00 pm. Tyrone Bledsoe, Saving Lives, Salvaging Dreams. SURC Theater.

April 28 at 7:00 pm. Katherine Becket, How We Created Mass Incarceration and How it can be Reversed. Dean Hall 104.

May 3 at 7:00 pm.  JasiraX. Hip Hop, the Media and the Prison Industrial Complex. SURC Ballroom.

May 4-5. Washington State Supreme Court Justices meeting on campus.

May 11, 2016 at 7:00pm: Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of African Americans Between the Civil War and WWII, Douglas Blackmon, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author, Journalist,  Documentary Film-Maker, and Host and Executive Producer of the PBS Series American Forum. Location: SURC Ballroom A 

May 16 at 7:00 pm.  Lisa Monchalin. The Criminalization of Indigenous Peoples: Continued Colonization, Sexualization and Legal Manipulation. SURC 137b.

May 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Lion Rock Writer's Series. Natalie Diaz (poetry). Location: Wellington Event Center.

May 25, 2016 at 7:00pm: "Consigned to Oblivion: Murdered and Disappeared Women of Color and the Criminal Justice System", by Dr. Demetrice A. Worley. Location: CWU's Black Hall Lecture Room 151

May 31 at 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.  Reducing Mass Incarceration in Washington State.  SURC ballroom.

Year long: Government Publications Display in Brooks Library. Rotating exhibits will be changed each month throughout the year to focus on different perspectivesof mass incarceration

Date TBA: Film Screening: Cruel and Unusual.  Location: SURC Theatre

NOTE: For suggested prompts to encourage student writing about these public events, please see: /pedagogy




Thursday, January 14  MLK Day Observances.  A  Peace March will begin at 3:30 p, from the SURC Pit and the MLK Program will follow at 4 PM in the SURC Ballroom. Keynote speaker; Dr. Michael Harrod (Sociology) on Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice.

January 27 at 6:00pm Documentary screening of  "The House I live In"  which documents all aspects of America's War of Drugs. Will be shown in the SURC Theater.

February 8 at 5:30 pm Prophesizing the Global. Noted artist Fabrice Monteiro presents on his much-discussed "Maroons" series, which highlights continuities in the treatment of the bodies of persons of color from the slave trade to the present era of mass incarceration.  Recently recognized by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2015, his photographic images are beautiful, arresting and haunting. Location:  Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall.

Fabrice Monteiro is represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, 608 2nd Avenue, Seattle. His installation "Maroons," is on display at the gallery February 4-March 12, 2016.

February 10, 2016 at 4:00pm "Reuniting Families Torn Apart by Incarceration: Mother's Day in California Prisons," by Dr. Leslie Shore, Independent scholar and lecturer; award winning journalist, CWU alum and current CAH Advisory Board Member. Featuring video interviews conducted inside CA prisons with women prisoners and their children. Their rarely told but intimate stories teach us how families can be reunited through visitation programs. Location: CWU's Black Hall Lecture Room 150.

February 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm Randall Hall,  Ellen Avitts presents on Kehinde Wiley, in preparation for the upcoming field trip.

February 12 Special field trip for interested CWU students to Seattle, to see the Fabrice Monteiro "Maroons" installation (Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Pioneer Square) and Kehine Wiley: A New Republic, Seattle Art Museum.  Please contact Prof. Mark Auslander for details.

February 16 at 7:00pm Michael Eric Dyson (Hosted by the Center for Diversity and Social Justice). Location: McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.                               

Related: Book and Information Display in Brooks Library

February 18 at 7:00pm Freedom and Beyond: Activism, Access, and Achievement in the Age of Ferguson. Dr. Stefan Bradley shares insights and experiences of black student activism, from research of 1960s black student power to the current Black Lives Matter movement. Location: Wellington Event Center.

March 2 at 4:00 pm “Community Policing in a Diverse and Global Society” Panel discussion with leaders throughout law enforcement. (Organized by Charles Reasons and Dean Keith Champagne.) Location: SURC Pit

March 9 at 7:00pm Renowned pediatrician Dr. Corey Hebert's passion for outreach to underserved and underrepresented populations is evident through his practice, advocacy and public work. Location: SURC Ballroom



October 1 at 6:00 p.m.  Opening reception for exhibition, "The Penitent: Images from Eastern State Penitentiary"  (Artist: Chris Heard). Museum of Culture and Environment.  Through December 12.

October 13 at 12:00 noon pm.   “Ultimate Questions: Artists Confront Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty.” A roundtable with Rene Denfield (Lion Rock Writers Series novelist.) Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall Lobby

This roundtable brings together novelist, poets, and visual artists whose work engages with the death penalty and current penal regimes. How do artists evoke the experiences of Death Row and imprisonment; under what circumstances can and should writers and artists seek to transform their audience’s understandings of those who have so often been demonized or forgotten by mainstream society?  (Facilitated by Mark Auslander)

October 13 at 7:30 pm. Lion Rock Writer’s Series. Rene Denfield. Denfield is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women on death row. Her novel, The Enchanted. is set in death row in a corrupt prison. Location:  Wellington Event Center. For more details on her work, see

October 22 at 4:00 pm Dr. Stephanie Hallock (Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD). "Segregation to Suburbanization: Baltimore's Racial Divide."  Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Randall Hall. (Discussants; Mark Auslander & J. Hope Amason) Sponsored by the Department of Art, the Museu of Culture and Environment and the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

October 26 at 7:30 pm. David Fathi (ACLU). “Mass Incarceration, Race and Human Rights.“ David Fathi is the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, which brings challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities and works to end US over reliance on incarceration. Location: Music Recital Hall.  Preceded by a 6:00 p.m. reception in the Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall lobby.

Related: Book and Information Display in Brooks Library

November 2 at 7:00 pm. Orange is the New Black book discussion.  Brooks Library.

November 3 at 4:30 pm. Speak Back to Power: Spoken Word Confronts Mass Incarceration. Live performance and Open Mic. (Organized by Xavier Cavazos.) Museum of Culture and Environment. Dean Hall Lobby

November 3 at 4:30pm "Presidential Campaigns Matter, Do Black Lives Matter in them?"  Location: Black 151.

November 17 at 6:00 p.m. Documentary screening and panel discussion, Cruel and Unusual: five transgendered women share their prison experiences. SURC Theater


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