OSWEGO — Acclaimed educator, writer and activist Angela Davis will keynote SUNY Oswego’s thirty third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 9.
The occasion — which additionally will characteristic pupil performances and readings — is free and open to the general public.
Sponsored by the school’s Division of Scholar Affairs, the celebration will start at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in Tyler Corridor’s Waterman Theatre, with doorways opening at 6 p.m.
“You must contemplate attending the MLK Celebration if considered one of your targets in life is to reside with no regrets,” stated Takayla Beckon, the Scholar Affiliation president and a member of the occasion’s organizing committee. “Prepare to point out up and present out to an incredible celebration of Dr. Martin L. King Jr.!”
By her activism and scholarship over many many years, Davis has been deeply concerned in actions for social justice world wide. Her work as an educator — each on the college degree and within the bigger public sphere — has all the time emphasised the significance of constructing communities of battle for financial, racial and gender justice.
Her educating profession has taken her to San Francisco State College, Mills Faculty and UC Berkeley. She additionally has taught at Stanford College, UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse College and the Claremont Schools. Most lately she spent 15 years on the College of California Santa Cruz, the place she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of historical past of consciousness — an interdisciplinary Ph.D program — and of feminist research.
Davis is the writer of 10 books and has lectured all through the US in addition to in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America.
In recent times, a persistent theme of her work has been the vary of social issues related to incarceration and the generalized criminalization of these communities which might be most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She attracts upon her personal experiences within the early ‘70s as an individual who spent 18 months in jail and on trial, after being positioned on the FBI’s “Ten Most Needed Record.”
She additionally has performed intensive analysis on quite a few points associated to race, gender and imprisonment. Her current books embody “Abolition Democracy” and “Are Prisons Out of date?,” concerning the abolition of the jail industrial advanced; a brand new version of “Narrative of the Lifetime of Frederick Douglass”; and collections of essays together with “The Which means of Freedom” and “Freedom Is a Fixed Battle: Ferguson, Palestine and the Foundations of a Motion.”
Like many educators, Davis is very involved with the overall tendency to dedicate extra sources and a spotlight to the jail system than to instructional establishments. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “jail industrial advanced,” she now urges her audiences to assume critically concerning the future chance of a world with out prisons and to assist forge what she phrases a Twenty first-century abolitionist motion.
Davis is a founding member of Vital Resistance, a nationwide group devoted to the dismantling of the jail industrial advanced. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist group primarily based in Queensland, Australia, that works in solidarity with girls in jail.
“I imagine Angela Davis is an incredible alternative because the keynote speaker due to her versatility in advocacy,” Beckon stated.
Beckon famous that Davis has been an advocate for the oppressed for many years and left her mark on the world in methods starting from her activism to the grassroots effort for liberating Davis from jail to participating within the Black Energy Motion. Davis has additionally authored many influential books together with the newest “Abolition. Feminism. Now.” Beckon stated.
Free tickets can be found on-line through tickets.oswego.edu.
As well as, a livestream shall be broadcast to the SUNY Oswego Syracuse campus, any wanted overflow rooms on the Oswego campus and in a password-protected method to distant learners in addition to school, employees and alumni.
The night of Feb. 9 additionally will embody particular hours (5-9 p.m.) for “. . . Whereas Black,” an exhibition in Tyler Corridor Nook Gallery, room 208, from fall 2021 artist-in-residence Ellen M. Blalock. This web site base set up of pictures, quilts and phrases makes use of the fowl as a metaphor to embody the expertise of Black folks in relationship to their freedom, previous, current and future. Its common hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays via Feb. 18.
To proceed to make sure the well being and security of the campus neighborhood, all spectators ages 5 and up) should present proof of getting accomplished a full COVID-19 vaccination sequence or current proof of a detrimental COVID-19 check.
Go to oswego.edu/oswego-forward for extra info.
Individuals with disabilities needing lodging to attend this occasion ought to contact the SUNY Oswego Workplace of Campus Life at 315-312-2301 or email@example.com.