Department of English

Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Globe

Thu, September 26, 2019 | University of Texas School of Law

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Globe

We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference, Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global, to be held at the University of Texas School of Law on September 26-28, 2019. The event is free and open to the public, and we invite you to register now!

The conference will bring together an international, multidisciplinary group of scholars alongside activists and practitioners to consider critically the relationships among the human rights, prison abolition, and penal reform movements. Do they share the same goals? Should they collaborate? If so, in what ways? What would it mean for the human rights movement to take seriously calls for prison abolitionism and the economic and racial inequalities that overcriminalization reproduces and exacerbates? And what might critics of the carceral regime in the United States have to learn from work done by international human rights advocates in a variety of countries?

Ruth Wilson Gilmore will deliver the keynote address, "Meanwhile: Making Abolitionist Geographies," on Thursday, September 26, as the fifth annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecturer in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights. Gilmore, a renowned activist and public scholar known for her work on prison abolition, is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she also directs the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. A poetry reading with Dwayne Betts and Natalie Diaz will precede the lecture. A reception will follow.

To learn more about the event and to register to attend, please visit the conference website. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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