The iconic scholar and activist visits for a Q&A. Info
Scholar-activist Angela Davis attributes her freedom to "a vast international movement." In August, 1970, Davis (already famous for her public battles with Ronald Reagan, who sought to bar her from working at UCLA) bought a shotgun that was later used in an escape attempt in a Marin County, California courtroom, in which a judge was killed.. Davis was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder and spent 18 months incarcerated, but following a global organizing effort, Davis was acquitted of murder charges in 1972. She has subsequently devoted herself to fostering international solidarity among various movements for human rights. In her latest book, Freedom Is A Constant Struggle, Davis examines the underlying similarities between the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and the Palestinian movement for liberation through the lens of intersectionality. During a recent lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Davis highlighted these parallels before arguing that "abolitionist feminism" is integral to curbing systematic, gender-based violence. While Davis argues that individuals experience state-sanctioned violence through imprisonment, she also shows how the prison-industrial complex functions to solidify anti-black racism and the gender binary, leaving trans-identified prisoners among the most vulnerable incarcerated groups.
Beyond her academic work, Davis helped found Critical Resistance, a national organization working toward undoing the prison-industrial complex, and is a vocal supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign. At this event, which is a part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate's ongoing Distinguished Lecture Series, Davis may touch upon these and myriad other topics during a one-hour moderated Q&A lecture followed by a 30-minute Q&A. All of the free tickets for the event have already been claimed, but people who don't have a ticket yet will be able to line up the night of to claim any seats that open up. —Shaun Soman