From September 26-29, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights at the UT Austin School of Law will host “Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global.” This interdisciplinary conference will consider the relationships among the human rights, prison abolition, and penal reform movements. Do they share the same goals? Should they collaborate? If so, in what ways?
Ruth Wilson Gilmore will deliver the keynote address, “Meanwhile: Making Abolitionist Geographies,” on Thursday, September 26, as the fifth annual Frances Tarlton “Sissy” Farenthold Endowed Lecturer in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights. Gilmore, a renowned activist and public scholar known for her work on prison abolition, is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she also directs the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. A poetry reading with Dwayne Betts and Natalie Diazwill precede the lecture. A reception will follow.