• April 23, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/23/2019 7:00 pm 04/23/2019 America/Los_Angeles On the Incarceration of African American Women On the Incarceration of African American Women, A Conversation with DaMaris B. Hill California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Members - $8
At the door - $15

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For black American women, the experience of being bound has taken many forms: from the bondage of slavery to the Reconstruction-era criminalization of women; from the brutal constraints of Jim Crow to our current prison industrial complex. Between 1980 and 2014, the number of incarcerated women increased by 700%. Black women freedom fighters have braved violence, scorn, despair, and isolation in order to lodge their protests.

Writer and academic DaMaris B. Hill has spent her career expertly blending poetry, narrative, historical record, and visuals to bear witness, and tell the story of American women of color. In her latest work, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Dr. Hill honors the experiences of these women with at times harrowing, at times hopeful responses to her heroes, illustrated with black-and-white photographs throughout.

Inspired by current events, black women freedom fighters, and black women who have been imprisoned or forgotten by history, Dr. Hill asks us to hear and remember each of the names in this collection: her own grandmother Harriet Beecher Spruill-Hill, Ida B. Wells, Hannah Mary Tabbs, Sandra Bland, Grace Jones, Gynnya McMillen, and others.

Join CIIS Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Denise Boston for a conversation with Dr. Hill that spans poetry, history, and current events to illuminate the lives of extraordinary women, and examine the impact they have had on our society today.

DaMaris Hill

DaMaris B. Hill is a writer and academic. Her books include The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the Heartland and \ Vi-zə-bəl \ \ Teks-chərs \ (Visible Textures), a collection of poems. Dr. Hill currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Denis Boston

Denise Boston, PhD, RDT was appointed as Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at CIIS in 2016. Since 2009 she served as Core Faculty in the Expressive Arts Therapy Program, was coordinator of the Glide-EXA pre-practicum program, and served as lead investigator of a university-community partnership three-year study which focused on arts-based social and emotional programming with school-age children. Denise has been an artist, social activist, researcher, and educator for over 40 years in a variety of community and advocacy settings. In collaboration with community partners, she has implemented several prevention/intervention programs and her African-centered methodology has been beneficial in increasing resiliency and in preventing and/or decreasing participants' harmful behaviors. She has taught psychology courses at HBCU's, religiously affiliated colleges, public, and private institutions, as well as instructed and facilitated training workshops abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Denise's interests in diversity and inclusivity in higher education have been shaped by her personal experiences as an underrepresented scholar in academia, and her community work where she provided creative and culturally-based interventions (CBI) with variations and extended African and African-American families. She is a registered Drama Therapist and has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including Narrative Therapy, Participatory Action Research, Expressive Arts, and NTU psychotherapy. Denise, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, earned her BFA in theatre from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, MA in psychology and counseling from Goddard College, and received her PhD in counseling psychology from Walden University.

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