January 28, 2008
PROVIDENCE Angela Davis, the social activist and educator, will
deliver Brown University's Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Feb. 7,
at 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the Salomon Center for Teaching. Her talk,
"Recognizing Racism in the Era of Neo-Liberalism," is free and open
to the public.
Davis has spent the last 15 years at the University of
California-Santa Cruz, where she is professor of history of
consciousness, an interdisciplinary doctoral program, and professor
of feminist studies. She is the author of eight books and has
lectured throughout the United States and around the world.
One of the more visible radicals in the 1960s and 1970s, Davis spent
18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI's Ten
Most Wanted List. She was charged and acquitted in connection with a
shooting in a California courthouse.
Since then, she has conducted research on issues related to race,
gender and imprisonment. Her most recent books are Abolition
Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is now completing a book on
prisons and American history.
Davis has focused on the tendency to devote more resources and
attention to the prison system than to educational institutions, and
helped popularize the notion of a "prison industrial complex."
Through her activism and her scholarship in recent decades, Davis is
known for her deep involvement in the quest for social justice, Brown
said in announcing the lecture. "Her work as an educator emphasizes
the importance of building communities of struggle for economic,
racial and gender equality," Brown said.