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Locked Up—Understanding Prison in Pre-Modern Context
How do prisons reflect societal values?
Brown University
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University of Rhode Island Gallery, Providence Campus
80 Washington Street, 1st and 2nd floor Lobby Gallery, Providence RI 02903-1819
August 29, 2016September 23, 2016

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Rhode Island: Locked Up—Understanding Prison in Pre-Modern Context
How do prisons reflect societal values?
Brown University

Pre-modern prisons were markedly different from the system of hyper-incarceration in the United States today. The patterns of pre-modern captivity varied radically across eras and continents, but they consistently reflected the religious, economic, and political tenets of their respective societies. The manifestations of these cultural values within prisons had a profound effect on individuals, who in turn shaped their societies’ understandings of captivity. By analyzing the physical and social structures of pre-modern prisons and the experiences of those in captivity, we gain enough historical context to realize that current system of mass incarceration in the United States is not an inevitable outcome.

Our Point of View

We are undergraduates from diverse academic backgrounds, aware of contemporary national issues of mass incarceration and their ties to history. In the Fall of 2015, we learned alongside students at the Adult Correctional Institute of Rhode Island, reading historical and fictional prison narratives, examining complementary images, and exploring the global history of captivity in order to better understand prison as a social and political tool from the pre-modern era to the contemporary moment.

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Rhode Island: Locked Up—Understanding Prison in Pre-Modern Context    Brown University
How do prisons reflect societal values?
Rhode Island: Locked Up—Understanding Prison in Pre-Modern Context
How do prisons reflect societal values?
  Brown University

National Exhibition Venue    University of Rhode Island Gallery, Providence Campus

Public Dialogues and Events
| August 29 – September 23, 2016

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Aug 29, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

States of Incarceration Rhode Island Exhibition Opens

Description: 

The Rhode Island exhibition of States of Incarceration opens August 29th. The gallery opening event will occur during Providence Gallery Night, September 15th, at the Sheppard Building Gallery at University of Rhode Island.read more…

Venue: 

University of Rhode Island Gallery
Providence Campus
80 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903

Sep 8, 2016

Medusah Black performing at Jorge Elorza fundraiser and concert at the Columbus Theatre. Courtesy of: Cat Laine, http://paintedfoot.com/

Medusah Black performing at Jorge Elorza fundraiser and concert at the Columbus Theatre. Courtesy of: Cat Laine, http://paintedfoot.com/

Thursday, September 8, 2016

FUTURE WORLDS: Call to Action!

Description: 

A conversation about activism, youth incarceration and arts as a catalyst for social change co-sponsored by AS220 and John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, with speakers:

  • Je-Shawna Wholley // Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Center, Brown University;
  • Anjel Newman // AS220 Youth Director, rapper Medusah Black;
  • Marco McWilliams // Activist & grassroots organizer // D.A.R.E. (Direct Action for Rights and Equality); and
  • Khalil Saucier // Director of Africana Studies, Bucknell University, formerly at RI College.

AS220 is an artist-run organization committed to providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work,...read more…

Time: 
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Venue: 

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Brown University
357 Benefit St.
Providence, RI 02903

Sep 15, 2016
Stateville Prison

Stateville Prison Credit: David Leventi

Stateville Prison

Stateville Prison Credit: David Leventi

Thursday, September 15, 2016

States of Incarceration Rhode Island Opening

Description: 

The Rhode Island opening of States of Incarceration will occur during Providence Gallery Night at the Sheppard Building Gallery at University of Rhode Island.read more…

Time: 
5 PM to 9 PM
Venue: 

University of Rhode Island Gallery
Providence Campus
80 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903

Sep 16, 2016

Courtesy of: John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Courtesy of: John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Prison Education Movement: Does Brown Have a Role?

Description: 

What are the country’s leading universities doing to help rectify the problems caused by mass incarceration? Increasingly, they are establishing education programs in prisons, and/or “prison-to-college pipeline” programs to support positive re-entry to give current and formerly incarcerated men, women and youth the opportunity to earn BA-level credits or BA degrees while in prison, or to support them in doing so upon release. The Prison Education Movement: Does Brown Have a Role? asks what it would take to establish a Brown Program for Prison Education, and how Brown can work with other Rhode Island institutions to strengthen existing higher education...read more…

Time: 
8:30 AM to 1 PM
Venue: 

Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center
Brown University
75 Waterman St.
Providence, RI 02912

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