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Incarceration and Detention: Race and Human Rights

A Two-Day Forum

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Human Rights Program, and the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago, the Faith Community of St. Sabina, the Crossroads Fund, and the Illinois Humanities Council will present a two-day forum entitled “Incarceration and Detention: Race and Human Rights.” The event will begin on Friday, April 2, 2004 at 7:00p.m. with a keynote address by Angela Y. Davis and continue on Saturday, April 3 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago’s International House, located at 1414 E. 59th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Over the past decade, African American and immigrant communities have felt the impact of the increased use of detention as a form of punishment and social control in the U.S. This conference will bring together academics, activists, community leaders, and practitioners to discuss how concepts of international human rights and an understanding of structural racism can enrich our perspectives of common problems and serve as the basis for new strategies and alliances.

Day one of the symposium, Friday, April 2, will feature a keynote address from Angela Y. Davis, who has worked tirelessly to advance the political struggle for the liberation of oppressed people around the world and to highlight the negative impact of the prison industrial complex on these same communities. Her published works include Are Prisons Obsolete? (Seven Stories Press, 2003), Blues Legacies and Black Feminism (Vintage 1999), Women, Race and Class (Vintage 1983) and Prisons and Democracy (Random House, forthcoming). Her address will begin at 7:00p.m. and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

On the second day, Saturday, April 3, there will be two panel discussions. The morning panel will focus on domestic and international dimensions of detention and incarceration of immigrants, juveniles, and criminal defendants. The afternoon panel will examine those issues through the experiences and insights of practitioners and political organizers. The Honorable R. Eugene Pincham, former judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will be the keynote speaker for the lunch session. The day will begin at 9:30a.m. and end at 2:30p.m. All activities will take place at International House at the University of Chicago, located at 1414 E. 59th Street.

Panel participants include: Suzanne Adely, Arab American Action Network; Joanne Archibald, Director, Advocacy Project, Chicago Legal Aid for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM); Danny K. Davis, U.S. Congressman from Illinois 7th District; Dr. Milton Estes, Medical Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Forensic AIDS Project and Vice-President, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Abdeen Jabara, attorney and former President of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee; Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights; Tracey Meares, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Studies in Criminal Justice, University of Chicago; Helena Olea, attorney and consultant, Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Beth Richie, Professor and Head, Department of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Howard Saffold, CEO, Positive Anti-Crime Thrust Inc, former Chicago police officer and founder, National Black Police Association.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Human Rights Program, and the Office of the Provost at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago, the Faith Community of St. Sabina, the Crossroads Fund, and the Illinois Humanities Council. For additional information contact the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at (773) 702-8063 or csrpc@uchicago.edu, or the Human Rights Program at (773) 834-0597 or human-rights@uchicago.edu. The conference website is http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/conference/

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs and Special Events at International House in advance at (773) 753-2274 or e-mail i-house-programs@uchicago.edu. Their website is http://ihouse.uchicago.edu.

 

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