Lyra Summer Music Recital 2017
Lyra Summer Music Recital 2017.
Today, African American females comprise six percent of the United States’ population, yet they represent almost thirty-three percent of the country’s incarcerated women. Black women’s high incarceration rate reflects the culmination of a historical trend in their disproportionate arrests, convictions and confinement in the U.S. prison system, a lynchpin of institutional racism, classism, and sexism. It is impossible to stem this crisis in African American women’s lives without an adequate historical record of the forces that brought them into conflict with the law.
In “Jane Crow (In)Justice: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy (A History of the Present)”, Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis analyzes the intersections of gender, race, and class by exploring the social construction of crime, punishment, and labor through the lens of black women’s experiences in early 20th century New York. She demonstrates that anti-black discourse circulating through the media and among social workers validated the discriminatory policing that resulted in the over-representation of black women and girls in prison. The criminalization of impoverished black females’ survival strategies also produced their disproportionately high imprisonment rates. Francis argues that the prison system, a site of racialized sexual terror, was and is not a cure for social ills, but rather a manifestation of the disease of white supremacy.
This talk engages clinical social work students in an intersectional analysis of the racist-sexist conceptions of crime that live in the white imagination. Past and present-day fictions of blackness as criminal and violent and whiteness as innocent and under siege fuel the poverty-to-prison cycle that ensnares and obliterates black lives. This lecture supports students’ work to become social work practitioners who understand the historical, convergent forces of ideological and institutional racism, classism, sexism, and carceral state violence impacting the individuals and communities they encounter in the field.
Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The College of New Jersey. Leigh-Anne holds a Ph.D. in United States and African American History, an M.A. in U.S. and World History, and a B.F.A. in Painting and Illustration. Her unpublished book manuscript, “Jane Crow (In)Justice: Race, Crime, and Punishment in New York State, 1893—1916,” analyzes the intersections of gender, race and class by exploring crime and punishment, labor and community, through the lens of black women’s experiences while offering comparisons with imprisoned U.S. born and European immigrant white women. As a Rutgers graduate student, she was a volunteer instructor at Mountainvew Youth Correctional Facility for Men in New Jersey. When she is not teaching, researching or writing, she enjoys spending time with her life partner, Jenny, and their three-year old twins, Rustin and Langston.
Perfectionism and uncertainty.
Many Veterans who served in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan sustained signature injuries including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, notable rates of suicide have been identified among those who served. During this presentation, the complex relationship between traumatic brain injury and suicide will be discussed, as well as interventions aimed at suicide prevention among this cohort.
Lisa A. Brenner. Ph.D. is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist, and a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Psychiatry, Neurology, and at the University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Medicine, and the Director of the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). She is the Research Director for the Department of PM&R. Dr. Brenner is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology. Her primary area of research interest is traumatic brain injury, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, and negative psychiatric outcomes including suicide. She serves as the Research Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Dr. Brenner has numerous peer-reviewed publications, participates on national advisory boards, and is currently co-authoring a book regarding neurodisability and suicide.
Featuring soloists from the Class of 2017.
Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Directed by Ellen Redman.
Featuring: Lina Apte, Berit Brown, Kendra Clemenzi, April Crowley, Xander Davenport, Quincy Dean-Slobod, Eliza Donahue, Izzy Hagerup, Erin Hancock, Campbell Holder, Zo Langsdale, Matthew McGowan, Riley Miller, Syry Mitchell, Sean Seid, Carlos Sevilla, Irene Tournas, and Sara Webber.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children 12 and under. Five College student tickets are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, beginning at 8:15 p.m.; during Commencement registration in the Alumni House; or in advance, by contacting Ms. Chernin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413/542-2484.
Please join us for a panel discussion on Sangay Mishra’s Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans (University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Focusing on Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities, Desis Divided analyzes features such as class, religion, nation of origin, language, caste, gender, and sexuality in mobilization and shows how these internal characteristics lead to multiple paths of political inclusion, defying a unified group experience.