- April 13, 2018
- 7:30 pm
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Through her activism and scholarship over many decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in movements for social justice around the world. Her work has always emphasized the importance of building communities around the struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.
Her efforts have been shaped by her extraordinary past, starting with her childhood in a turbulent and racially segregated Birmingham, Alabama. Later, a member of the Black Panther Party, and a prominent communist leader, Angela has never shied away from confronting the harsh realities of injustice.
Her support of three Soledad Prison inmates who she felt were being treated unfairly, led to accusations of her involvement in their attempted escape and, ultimately, her arrest in the early seventies. She spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Since her acquittal, she has fought against a range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.
Join Danielle Drake for an insightful conversation with Angela about her life and work as an activist educator, from the Civil Rights Movement, to fighting against the prison industrial complex.
Meet Angela Davis! For just $65, add a Pre-Show Reception ticket to your order. Meet Professor Davis from 5:45-6:45 pm in the intimate CIIS gallery, located at 1453 Mission Street. Attendance very limited.
Angela Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. Her recent books include Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? about the abolition of the prison industrial complex, a new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and a collection of essays entitled The Meaning of Freedom. Her most recent book of essays, called Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, was published in February 2016.
Professor Davis' teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness--an interdisciplinary PhD program--and of Feminist Studies. She is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.
Danielle Drake, MA/PhD candidate is a graduate of the CIIS Masters of Counseling Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapy program and now serves as Core Faculty/Assistant Professor in the program. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. Danielle most recently contributed to the American Psychological Association publication, Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies: Voices of Fire, Acts of Courage. Her co-authored chapter titled "Womanism, Creativity and Resistance: Making a Way Out of No Way" demonstrates the efficacy of using creativity and a Black Feminist (Womanist) framework to assist African-American women in therapy. Her work as an Expressive Arts Therapist engages clients in creative writing, poetry, music, and visual arts processes. She uses a humanistic and narrative informed theoretical approach that incorporates African, womanist, indigenous, and liberation psychologies with Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and contemplative practices.