Thursday, September 26, 2019
Meanwhile: Making Abolition Geographies with Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture Series in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights
Presented in partnership with the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at UT’s School of Law
Location: University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas
The Rothko Chapel and Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice present the 5th Annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecture Series in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights, which honors Sissy for her relentless pursuit of social justice.
The 2019 lecture will feature Ruth Wilson Gilmore, a renowned activist and public scholar known for her work on prison abolition. Gilmore is professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and American Studies, as well as Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Gilmore co-founded several grassroots organizations, including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network.
Gilmore's lecture, Meanwhile: Making Abolition Geographies, explores how visions of abolition guide and connect organizing across a range of social justice struggles. Examples in the talk will highlight: environmental justice, public sector labor unions, farm workers, undocumented households, criminalized youth, community based approaches to prevent and resolve gender and interpersonal violence, and organizing by people while incarcerated. The vivid stories demonstrate how abolition is a practical place-specific program for urgent change based in the needs, talents, and dreams of vulnerable people.
About the Farenthold Lecture series:
In line with Sissy’s own history of exposing and responding to injustices and inequality as both a public servant and citizen, the lecture series brings to Austin and Houston internationally renowned scholars, activists and politicians who will inspire their audiences to think and act creatively to respond to some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Click to view previous speakers.
Photo credit Don Usner