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Release: From Stigma to Acceptance Opens at WFU in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library

by Aimee Mepham, Program Coordinator, WFU Humanities Institute

On Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th, the Humanities Institute supported the two-day event, Mass Incarceration and the Criminal Justice System: A Faculty-Student Symposium and the Opening of Release: From Stigma to Acceptance.ReleaseReception4

GottschalkThe event began with a guest speaker and faculty panel on Thursday, March 19th in the ZSR Library Auditorium. Marie Gottschalk, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, presented on her research and talked about her book Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics. A faculty panel followed, featuring participants from a number of programs and departments: Sharon Andrews (Theatre & Dance), Michele Gillespie (History), Steve Gunkel (Sociology), Derek Hicks (Divinity), Mark Rabil (Law), Phoebe Zerwick (English), and Jamie Crockett (Counseling). Each faculty member described research or other projects they are involved in related to re-entry programs or mass incarceration.

Friday’s program began with a panel discussion featuring students from Dr. Lisa Blee’s Public History course discussing the creation and implementation of the exhibition Release: From Stigma to Acceptance. Students participating in the panel were Mallory Allred, Abigail Brown, Caroline Green, Chelsea Hughes, Monty Laguna, Morgan McMahon and the Alexander Literary Organization.ReleaseStudentPanel

The faculty participants who contributed to this panel were Lisa Blee (History) and Ulrike Wiethaus (Religion and American Ethnic Studies).

A reception celebrating the WFU opening of the exhibit concluded the two-day program. The exhibit will remain on view in the Atrium of the ZSR Library through April 17th and will move to the Project Re-entry Goodwill Office on May 4th.

To read more about Lisa Blee’s Public History class and the generation of Release: From Stigma to Acceptance, click here¬†and listen to the “Public History” episode of the Humanities Viewpoints podcast here.