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Theater for Social Change: (In)Visible Freedom

  • Martin E. Segal Theatre Center 365 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

The Center for Humanities and the College and Community Fellowship (CCF) invite you to an evening of performance and dialogue with the Theater for Social Change, a group of formerly incarcerated women that uses theater to raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on women, families and communities.

The Theater for Social Change will be performing original auto-ethnographic works that explore the women’s hopes, joys, struggles and resilience in facing societal barriers, before and after their release.

The performance will be followed by a dialogue with the audience and will include guest speakers, asha bandele, author of The Prisoner’s Wife and co-author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, and DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA, a leading national organization dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in #halfby2030. Vivian D. Nixon will introduce the evening as the Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship (CCF).

This event is a collaboration between CCF and the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research group, Autoethnographies of Public Education and Racial (In)Justice, co-led by Grace M. Cho and Rose M. Kim, with support from Nina Angela Mercer and Robin McGinty.

CCF is a non-profit dedicated to helping women with criminal convictions earn college degrees so that they, their families and their communities can thrive. CCF supports students until graduation day and beyond, providing academic support, career coaching, financial development, and much more. The Theater for Social Change includes Teronia CampbellSelina FulfordKatherine Sweetness JenningsYolanda Johnson-PeterkinDenise McFarlanEdna Joyce Sams, and Alesa Simmons.