The 27th Annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy


Location: Virtual Event

A Conversation with Dr. Angela Davis

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Join the Kroc Institute for a conversation with Dr. Angela Davis, world-renowned scholar, activist, educator, and leader in the struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She also has taught at UCLA, Vassar, Syracuse University, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. Most recently she spent fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness – an interdisciplinary Ph.D program – and of Feminist Studies.

Professor Davis is the author of ten books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She also has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment.

She is also a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia, that works in solidarity with women in prison.

Professor Davis will be in conversation with: 

  • Duncan Donahue, Undergraduate Student in Peace Studies and Sociology
  • Lenai Taylor Johnson, Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies Student
  • Amaryst Parks, Doctoral Student in Peace Studies and Sociology
  • Moderator: Dr. David Anderson Hooker, Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding

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The annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy, established by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies in 1995, honors the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, a global champion of peace and justice, and the founder of the Kroc Institute. Each year a distinguished scholar, policymaker, and/or peace advocate is invited by the Kroc Institute director to deliver a major lecture on an issue related to ethics and public policy in the context of peace and justice.

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