September 12, 2015

Angela Davis to speak Wed at Vassar (open to public)

Social justice icon and political activist Angela Davis to speak in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Vassar’s Women’s Studies Program.

Angela Davis, a social justice icon of the 1960s and 1970s who went from the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list to a distinguished career as a professor and author, will speak at Vassar College to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Program. Her talk, “Our Feminisms: From #occupy to #sayhername,” will address the past, present and future of women’s studies.

Davis’s lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 pm, in the Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

Recently, an overriding 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. Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex (a term she helped to popularize). Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.