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April 13, 2014 @ 8:00 am
April 15, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


Law School


Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies

Sunday, April 13

Robert C. Khayat Law Center

2:30 – 4:30 PM: Registration – Atrium

4:00 – 5:30 PM: Opening Reception –  Atrium

Sponsored By Alabama Prison Arts & Education Program

5:30 – 7:30 PM: Screening of Mississippi Innocence & Panel Discussion – Auditorium (1078)

Professor Tucker Carrington & Director Joe York
(Possible Participation from Exonerees Kennedy Brewer & Levon Brooks)

Monday, April 14

Reminder this is only possible if you have filled in a form available at conference website: http://sarahisomcenter.org/mass-incarceration/ by March 24, 2014 (or bus fills – limited to 50 people) and emailed to ldkeena@olemiss.edu.

9:30 AM – Departure for Mississippi State Penitentiary (M.S.P.)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Arrival & Registration at M.S.P.

12:00 – 2:00 PM – Lunch & Bus Tour of M.S.P.

2:00 – 3:00 PM – Panel on UM Education Initiatives at M.S.P.

3:00 PM – Departure from Parchman

4:30 PM – Estimated Arrival at UM Campus

5:30 PM – Evening Keynote Address: “Insurrection Against Racial Genocide: Prison Rebellions and the Logic of Evisceration” By Dylan Rodriguez – Law Center Auditorium (1078)

Accompanied/Followed by Conference Dinner

Lunch (at Parchman) and dinner on Monday provided to all registered participants.

Tuesday, April 15

All sessions at Robert C. Khayat Law Center

Three sessions will run concurrently at each of the scheduled times. Coffee and lunch provided for all registered participants.

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Registration

8:30 – 9:45 AM:  Session I 

A.  Roundtable:  Perspectives from the New Southern Strategy Coalition – Room TBD

  • Daryl V. Atkinson and Members of the New Southern Strategy Coalition

B.  Roundtable: From the Inside Out: Rethinking the Role of the Church and Religious Institutions in Addressing Women and Mass Incarceration – Room TBD

  • Beverly Wallace (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Shalanda Capers (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Lugenia Johnson (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Myisha Phillips (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Kenya’ William (Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia)

C.  Roundtable: Starting and Sustaining a Prison Higher Education Program – Room TBD

  • Mary Gould (Saint Louis University)
  • Rebecca Ginsburg (University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign)
  • Brady Heiner (CSU-Fullerton)
  • Kyes Stevens (Auburn University)
  • Robert Scott (Cornell University)

9:45 – 10:15:  Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:45: Session II

A. Incarceration & the U.S. South:  Historical Perspectives – Room TBD

  • Missy Jones (Mississippi College) “Revolution, Second Slavery, and the Clinton Riot of 1875”
  • Henry Kamerling  (Seattle University) “Southern Punishment as American Punishment:  Assessing the Historical Preconditions for the Punitive Turn in National Correctional Policy”
  • Amy Wood (Illinois State University) “Mollycoddlers and Chicken-Livered Men: The Problem of the Rehabilitative Ideal in Texas Prisons, 1910-1940”

B.  Affiliated Session with Higher Education in Prison Planning Group – Room TBD

C.  Roundtable: Reading the Criminal Justice System from the U.M. Literature Classroom – Room TBD

  • Paige Prather – The University Of Mississippi, M.A. Student, Southern Studies
  • Kate Hudson – The University Of Mississippi, M.A. Student, Southern Studies

***Possibly One Other Student***

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Session III 

A. Experiencing Incarceration and Its Aftermath – Room TBD

  • Teah Hairston (University of Missouri at Columbia)– “Old Habits Die Hard: The Mass Imprisonment of Black Males in the U.S. South”
  • Brady Heiner (CSU Fullerton)—“Shackling Pregnant Women in U.S. Prisons: Excavating the Sedimentations of Slavery”
  • Larry Williams (North Carolina Central University) – “Political Genocide: The Mass Incarceration of African American Males”

B.  Race And The Southern Criminal Justice System – Room TBD

  • Jessica L. Carter (Louisiana State University)—“ The Criminal Justice System is the New Slave Trade: Born into It, Living Through It, but Does True Freedom Exist?”
  • Holly Genovese (University Of South Carolina)—“Born in the U.S.A. Born Poor. Born Black: The Angola 3, Black Male Consciousness and Mass Incarceration”
  • Natalie Ring  (University Of Texas at Dallas)– ”The Carceral State as a Site of Entertainment: Louisiana State Penitentiary and the Marketing of Race and Reform”

C. Roundtable: Community Organizing is a Reentry Program: How Formerly Incarcerated Women are Decarcerating Their Communities in the Prison Capital of the World – Room TBD

  • Shaquita Borden (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
  • Desiree Evans (Women With a Vision, New Orleans)
  • Deon Haywood (Women With a Vision, New Orleans)
  • Laura McTighe (Columbia University)

2:30 – 2:45 PM – Break

2:45 – 4:15 PM – Session IV

A. Legal and Social Perspectives on Incarceration – Room TBD

  • Jennifer Kirby-McLemore (The University of Mississippi) – “Legislation to Address Racial Disparity in Prison Populations”
  • Lydia Pelot-Hobbs (CUNY) – “Imprisoned Knowledge of the Louisiana Carceral System”
  • David Phillipy  (Retired Prison Chaplain) –  “Death Row Conditions in the South: A Better Way”
  • Pamela Valera (Columbia University) – “Rethinking Mass Incarceration: A Cross-Sectional Study on Solitary Confinement in Men”

B. Education & Expression Behind Bars – Room TBD

  • Lauren Alessi  (Colorado State University) —“The Challenges of Critical Expressive Writing in Prisons and Jails”
  • Josh Dohman (University of Memphis) – “Prisons and Their Subjects”
  • Victoria Bryan (The University of Mississippi) – “Teaching the Southern Short Story to Incarcerated Learners”

C.  Roundtable: Reach Coalition: Live From Tennessee’s Death Row – Room TBD

  • Lisa Guethner (Vanderbilt University)
  • Amy McKiernan
  • Tatiana McInnis
  • Carmela Hill-Burke

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Keynote Address: “What about the Sisters? Mass Incarceration, Gender and Resistance in the South” by Vikki Law – Auditorium (1078)

5:30 – 7:00 PM Closing Reception – Atrium

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