“An Eye for an Eye” and Death Penalty Events

Sarah-Jane Ripa, from the Graduate Liberal Studies program, wants to fill your Homecoming weekend with food for thought regarding a life-or-death issue. Here are three events, all related to the death penalty, which will be happening today and tomorrow. First, come to a reading of hate crime survivor Rais Bhuiyan’s play, “An Eye for an Eye,” then check out two conversations tomorrow about Islamaphobia and the multiplicity of issues surrounding the death penalty. More info on these after the jump!

What: “An Eye for an Eye” 
Date: Friday, October 19
Time: 7 PM 
Place: Memorial Chapel
A reading of the new play, “An Eye for an Eye,” that chronicles hate crime survivor Rais Bhuiyan’s journey from victim to human rights advocate. The reading will be followed by a talkback and reception with Bhuiyan, author Linda Napoletano, and Professors Indira Karamcheti and Peter Gottschalk. Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/291293060978053/ for more information about the reading.
What: Islamophobia, the Death Penalty, and the Transmission of Ethics WESeminar
Date: Saturday, October 20 
Time: 10 AM
Place: Shanklin 107
Rais Bhuiyan will present a WESeminar and discussion entitled “Islamophobia, the Death Penalty, and the Transmission of Ethics.” Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/400071453380056/?ref=ts&fref=ts for more information about the WESeminar.
What: Death Penalty and Prison Industrial Complex Roundtable
Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 12:15 PM 
Place: Olson Commons, 41 Wyllys Ave
Annie Nisensen (Bronx Defenders, www.bronxdefenders.org) and Kate Morris (Reprieve, www.reprieve.org) will host a roundtable discussion for students, parents, and guests interested in the death penalty in the use, mental health issues, lethal injection, death row visits, capital defense investigation, foreign nationals, prison industrial complex, and holistic defense. Ms. Nisensen and Ms. Morris will be visiting campus to see “An Eye for an Eye”, the story of Rais Bhuiyan. Bhuiyan was shot in the face by Mark Stroman, who was sentenced to death in Texas. Shortly before his execution, Stroman was given legal aide by Reprieve; Ms. Nisensen served on his team. Please email sripa@wesleyan.edu with any questions about the events, or for more information.