St. Mary’s announces January speaker series

The death penalty, community responses during disaster and white privilege are among the topics of speakers scheduled for St. Mary’s annual January speaker series.

All lectures are free and open to the public. All start at 7 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.

Jan. 10: Former California Director of Corrections and Rehabilitation Jeanne Woodford, who carried out four executions during her tenure, speaks about her national organization opposing the death penalty. The group is gathering signatures for a California ballot measure that would replace capital punishment with prison without parole.

Jan. 17: Cultural historian Rebecca Solnit will speak on “Crossing the Public/Private Divide,” exploring the boundaries between public and private life and how they are policed during natural disasters and times of dissent such as the Occupy movement.

Jan. 24: Actor, hip hop poet and playwright Ariel Luckey speaks on “Free Land: Race and Land in the United States” and expands on his one-man hip hop0 theater production. The descendant of white homesteaders from Wyoming, Luckey looks at the dark side of free government land grant program of the 1800s.

In addition to the nighttime lectures, the speakers will visit classes during the day and participate in roundtable discussions.

For more information, visit http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/saint-mary%E2%80%99s-announces-2012-jan-term-speaker-series-0



Lisa Vorderbrueggen