UALBANY SYMPOSIUM: INCARCERATING GIRLS AND WOMEN: PAST AND PRESENT
Film Screening: INCARCERATION NATION with discussion with Susan Burton, former inmate, author, and prison reform activist — 7:00 p.m., Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus
Tonight’s film screening and discussion is the keynote event of the University at Albany symposium, “Incarcerating Girls and Women: Past and Present.”
INCARCERATION NATION (United States, 2013, 60 minutes, color)
In this edition of Moyers & Company, broadcaster Bill Moyers speaks with author and legal scholar Michelle Alexander to discuss issues of racial injustice and mass incarceration in America. The segment features a substantial excerpt from the documentary SUSAN, by Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt, about former inmate Susan Burton.
After serving six prison terms in 17 years, Susan Burton has turned her life around and dedicated herself to helping other women overcome personal histories of incarceration, poverty and addiction. Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a reentry project for former inmates. Her memoir, Becoming Ms. Burton, recounts her life-struggles after her five-year-old son was killed by a van driving down their street and, consumed by grief, she turned to drugs.
Sponsored by UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice’s Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project, and cosponsored by the Prison Public Memory Project
For more information about the symposium, contact the School of Criminal Justice at (518) 442-5210.