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About the event

The Center for Humanities and the College and Community Fellowship (CCF) invite you to an evening of performance and dialogue with the Theater for Social Change, a group of formerly incarcerated women that uses theater to raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on women, families and communities.

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The Theater for Social Change will be performing original autoethnographic works that explore the women’s hopes, joys, struggles and resilience in facing societal barriers, before and after their release.

The performance will be followed by a dialogue with the audience and will include guest speakers, asha bandele, author of The Prisoner’s Wife and co-author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, and DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, a leading national organization dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in #halfby2030. Vivian D. Nixon will introduce the evening as the Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship (CCF).

This event is a collaboration between CCF and the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research group, Autoethnographies of Public Education and Racial (In)Justice, co-led by Grace M. Cho and Rose M. Kim, with support from Theater Fellow Nina Angela Mercer and Theater Documentarian Robin McGinty.  

CCF is a non-profit dedicated to helping women with criminal convictions earn college degrees so that they, their families and their communities can thrive. CCF supports students until graduation day and beyond, providing academic support, career coaching, financial development, and much more. The Theater for Social Change includes Teronia Campbell, Selina Fulford, Katherine Sweetness Jennings, Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, Denise McFarlan, Edna Joyce Sams, and Alesa Simmons.

Autoethnographies of Public Education and Racial (In)Justice is part of a research team of faculty, students, and community partners producing public humanities projects that illuminate aspects of public education and racial justice through the multifaceted Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. Click here for more information on this and other related projects.  

Co-sponsored by Autoethnographies of Public Education and Racial (In)Justice research team as part of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the College and Community Fellowship's Theater for Social Change.

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