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Wed 2/23, 2022, 6:30pm
UW Graduate School Office of Public Lectures and the UW School of Social Work present
Dr. Beth Richie
Black Feminist Abolition Reflections on Anti-violence Activism

The UW Graduate School Office of Public Lectures offers a presentation with Dr. Beth Richie, which makes the case for abolition in response to the problem of gender violence from the perspective of Black feminist theory and praxis. It will include a history of the anti-violence movement in the U.S., ethnographic data from a current research study, and recommendations for non-carceral alternatives.

Speaker Beth E. Richie is LAS Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice and Black Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race/ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors. Dr. Richie is the author of Abolition. Feminism. Now. with Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, and Erica Meiners, and Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (2012) which chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States. She is also the author of numerous articles about Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition, and grassroots organizations in African American Communities. Read more about Dr. Richie here.

About the Office of Public Lectures

By bringing top minds from around the world to the University to teach and speak to the public, the UW Graduate School’s Office of Public Lectures takes big ideas and discoveries into the community and brings the community into scholarly life. Creating these sorts of opportunities for our community is core to their mission as a public university — the University for Washington.

Presented by the UW Graduate School Office of Public Lectures and the UW School of Social Work.

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