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October 2018

Social Securities Talk: Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women
Victoria Law

October 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Since 1980, the population of female prisoners has increased eightfold in this country, with women of color disproportionately impacted. In her talk, Ms. Law will examine the structural inequities and injustices behind the rise in the number of incarcerated women and the recurring violation of rights women face inside prison, including lack of access to reproductive and medical health care and pervasive sexual harassment and abuse. Law will also discuss how incarcerated women are challenging and organizing against prison conditions and suggest ways that people on the outside can support their actions and resistance. Victoria Law is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, which won the 2009 PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) award. She frequently writes and speaks about the intersections between mass incarceration, gender and resistance.

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November 2018

Social Securities Talk: Money is No Object: Aesthetics, Abstraction, and the Politics of Care
Scott Ferguson

November 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In his talk, Scott Ferguson will rethink the historical relationship between money and aesthetics in an effort to broaden the politics of care using the alternative conception of money articulated by the contemporary heterodox school of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Mobilizing MMT, Ferguson critiques exhausted dialectical oppositions between money and art and contends that monetary abstraction, rather than representing a private, finite, and alienating technology, is instead a public and fundamentally unlimited medium that harbors still unrealized powers for inclusion and cultivation. A reception will follow. Scott Ferguson is Associate Professor of Film and New Media Studies in the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Dependence: Money, Aesthetics & the Politics of Care (2018) and Co-Director of The Modern Money Network Humanities Division, co-host of the Money on the…

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January 2019

Social Securities Talk: Embracing Shari’a: How Women Promote Human Rights in Somalia
Mark Fathi Massoud

January 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Gender equality is a key principle of human rights and political security. But how are gender equality and human security ensured in societies struggling with legacies of civil war and political violence? This lecture reveals how, in a space where many observers presume law and security are absent, women are turning to Islam's foundational sources -- the Qur’an (the holy book of Islam) and the Hadith (statements and actions of the Prophet Muhammad) -- to promote women’s rights and human and political security. Research draws on archival research in England and ethnographic fieldwork in Somalia. Mark Fathi Massoud is Associate Professor of Politics and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the role of law and religion in promoting human security in conflict settings and authoritarian states. His first book, Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian,…

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Social Securities Talk: Why Can’t Feminists Change the Law? The History and Politics of Welfare Reform in the Modern U.S.
Felicia Kornbluh

January 24, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Felicia Kornbluh is Associate Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at University of Vermont.  She is the author of The Battle for Welfare Rights: Poverty and Politics in Modern America (2007) and, with Gwendolyn Mink, Ensuring Poverty: Welfare Reform in Feminist Perspective (2018).  She is at work on two books, How to Win a War on Women: My Mother, Her Neighbor, and the Fate of Reproductive Rights and Justice, and an essay collection titled Constant Craving: Identity Politics and Economic Justice.

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Social Securities Talk: Elizabeth Timme, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of LA-Más
Elizabeth Timme

January 31, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Elizabeth Timme is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of LA-Más, a non-profit urban design organization based in Los Angeles that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. Timme teaches at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture and serves on the Zoning Advisory Committee of Re:Code LA, a city-led effort to transform the city’s outdated zoning code. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series.

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February 2019

Social Securities Talk: Environmental Justice as Freedom
Julie Sze

February 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Julie Sze is a Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. Sze's research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism.

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May 2019

Social Securities Poetry Reading: Tyree Daye
Tyree Daye

May 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns (April, 2017). Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow and longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. He received his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, New York Times, Nashville Review. Daye recently won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue. He is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sponsored by the IHC’s Social Securities series and the Hester and Cedric Crowell Endowment.

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Social Securities Reading and Talk:
Jenny Erpenbeck

May 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A reading and talk by Jenny Erpenbeck, award-winning author of Go, Went, Gone 

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