Angela Davis

Institute Speaker


Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era. 

She was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement, leader/member of the Communist Party USA until 1991, and a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as director of the university’s Feminist Studies Department and part of the History of Consciousness Department.

She is now a Distinguished Professor Emerita and a member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Her academic work focuses on feminism, racism, Marxism, critical theory, and “prison-industrial complex” in the United States, which she argues resembles a new form of slavery rather than a criminal justice system.  

This lecture took place on Saturday, May 6 in Riddell Hall.

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