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For Dear Life: Women's Decriminalization and Human Rights in Focus

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Hatcher Graduate Library (913 S University Ave, Ann Arbor)
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“For Dear Life” (U. Michigan Press, 2019) chronicles feminist and artist Carol Jacobsen’s deep commitment to the causes of justice and human rights. Jacobsen’s tireless work with and for women prisoners is charted in this rich assemblage of images and texts that reveal the collective strategies she and the prisoners have employed to receive justice. The book gives evidence that women’s lawbreaking is often an effort to survive gender-based violence. The faces, letters, and testimonies of dozens of incarcerated women with whom Jacobsen has worked present a visceral yet politicized chorus of voices against the criminal-legal systems that fail us all. Their voices are joined by those of leading feminist scholars in essays that illuminate the arduous methods of dissent that Jacobsen and the others have employed to win freedom for more than a dozen women sentenced to life imprisonment, and to free many more from torturous prison conditions.

This interview with Ruby Tapia, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and English, will feature:

Carol Jacobsen, Author, and Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, Women & Gender Studies, American Culture, and Human Rights and Lynn D’Orio, Attorney and Legal Director, Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project.

Book sales provided by University of Michigan Press.

Co-sponsored by Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the Institute for Research on Women & Gender, and the Women’s Studies Department.

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