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Rethinking Mass Incarceration Subject of Philosophy Symposium

Gender and Race Among Scheduled Topics

March 13, 2014


Speakers from across the country will be addressing various issues related to mass incarceration, during Cal State Fullerton's 44th annual Philosophy Symposium. The two-day program is free and open to the public.


9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Thursday, April 10
9:15 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, April 11


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilions
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


April 10

9 a.m. Welcome by Brady T. Heiner, assistant professor of philosophy

9:15-11 a.m. "The Prison Label: Political Inclusion and the Invisible Punishment of Mass Incarceration" with Justin Levitt, associate professor, Loyola Law School, and Andrew Dilts, assistant professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University

11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. "Solitary Confinement: A Living Death Penalty?" featuring Lisa Guenther, associate professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and Azadeh Zohrabi, Soro Justice Fellow, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

1 – 2 p.m Lunch and screening of the 2012 film "Herman's House"

2:30 – 4:15 p.m. "The Political-Economics of Immigration, Race and Social Control: Back to the Future" with Kitty Calavita, professor of criminology, law and society of UC Irvine

April 11

9:15 – 11 a.m. "Male Violence: Rethinking Accountability Beyond Confinement" with Sarah Tyson, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado Denver, and Alisa Bierria, associate director of the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and a doctoral candidate at Stanford

11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. "Hiding in Plain Sight: Women, Confinement and Reentry" with Kristie Dotson, assistant professor of philosophy at Michigan State University; Susan Burton, founder/director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project and a 2014 James Irvine Foundation Leadership award recipient; and Johnitha Wilbon, A New Way of Life resident

2:30 – 4:15 p.m. "Rethinking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: An Intersectional Analysis" with Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at Columbia University and UCLA

4:30-5:30 p.m. Panel discussion: "Reflections and Looking Forward"

A complete schedule is available online.


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online

More info.:

Brady Heiner, 657-278-2950 

Media Contact:

Pamela McLaren

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