This week: Incarceration Across Contexts

As part of April Awareness Month, this week will have a series of events related to the theme “Incarceration Across Contexts,” sponsored by ADAPT, WESPREP, and APRIL. Check out the schedule:

Monday, March 31st

Film screening of HotHouse – a film about Palestinians incarcerated in Israel.
When: 8 pm
Where: Shanklin 107
About the movie:

Almost ten thousand Palestinians, designated by the Israeli government as “Security Prisoners,” are incarcerated in Israel today. Granted rare permission to film inside the country’s highest security facilities, Israeli filmmaker Shimon Dotan explores the everyday life of Palestinian prisoners, including biweekly family visits, internal elections, periodic security searches of cells, and relations between inmates and prison staff. The film shows the culture that has developed in the prisons, such as how they have become incubators for political education, organization, and debate, which often influences Palestinian society at large. HOTHOUSE also features interviews with many Palestinian prisoners, including those involved in suicide bombings

Tuesday, April 1st

What: Talk by Dean Spade: “Resistance and Cooptation in Queer and Trans Political Struggles” + free dinner
When: 6:15 pm
Where: Daniel Family Commons (in Usdan)
About the Speaker: Radical thinker, social justice activist, and lawyer, Dean Spade founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a collective non-profit focused on gender, racial, and economic justice.

Thursday, April 3rd

What: Talk by Danielle Sered: “Restorative Justice”
When: 7 pm
Where: Shanklin 107
About the Talk: Sered speaks about the implementation of alternative models for sentencing “criminals” in which dialogues between the immediately impacted parties produce alternatives to imprisonment.

Monday, April 7th

What: Film screening of “Cruel and Unusual”
When: 8 pm
Where: Shanklin 107
About the movie: “an unflinching documentary on the lives of transgender women in men’s prisons. Shot over three years, this documentary film challenges the viewer’s basic ideas about gender and justice.” (

Wednesday, April 9th

What: Talk by Ghada Karmi: “Israel and Palestine at 60: Is There a Solution?”
When: 8 pm
Where: PAC001
About the speaker: Born in Jerusalem, Karmi was forced to leave as a child in 1948. She was raised in Britain, where she became a physician, academic and writer. Currently, Karmi is a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK.

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