March 16, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Joy James, professor of Africana studies at Brown University, will give the talk, "Democracy and Captivity," Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is the 18th Annual Black Experiences Lecture series, sponsored by the Race/Gender Resource Center.

According to James, the modern anti-slavery movement became one of the first awakenings of the public moral conscience in the western world in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In the 20th and 21st centuries, anti-prison movements offer the same possibilities to confront the quest to be fully human by dismantling the machinery of incarceration and dehumanization.

In "Democracy and Captivity," James will reflect upon contemporary social and political crises, and racial fears and tensions, by examining a selection of contemporary prison writings.

James, whose work focuses on political and feminist theory, critical race theory, and incarceration, has edited several anthologies on incarceration in the United States including States of Confinement: Policing, Detention and Prisons; Imprisoned Intellectuals: America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion; and The New Abolitionists: Prison Writing and NeoSlave Narratives.

Active in The Tubman Literary Circle and various human rights groups for political prisoners, she is researching the praxes of women in the civil rights movement.

James holds a doctorate in political philosophy from Fordham University and a postdoctorate degree in religious ethics from the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University.

Her courses at Brown University include Black Feminist Thought; The Black Panthers; Women in the Civil Rights Movement; Gender, the State, and Violence; and Race, Culture and Incarceration.

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