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Over 1,000 Attend A Conversation with Angela Davis


Posted 02/08/2018
Submitted by Mildred McNeill
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Lincoln Theater was filled to capacity for the Angela Davis event causing the need for overflow seating in Konover Campus Center

Lincoln Theater was filled to capacity for the Angela Davis event causing the need for overflow seating in Konover Campus Center

Angela Davis first responded to questions from Javon Jackson, Director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in the Hartt School

Angela Davis first responded to questions from Javon Jackson, Director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in the Hartt School

Davis also responded to questions from Xavion Whitmire ’20, Jessica Floyd ’18, Shyan Weir ’18, and Alexia Maitland ’18

Davis also responded to questions from Xavion Whitmire ’20, Jessica Floyd ’18, Shyan Weir ’18, and Alexia Maitland ’18

More than 1,000 University of Hartford students, faculty, and staff alongside interested community members filled Lincoln Theater and an overflow viewing site in the Konover Great Room on Feb. 2, 2018 to hear “A Conversation with Angela Davis.” For two hours, the noted activist, scholar, educator, and author responded to questions first from Javon Jackson, director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in the University’s Hartt School, next from four students, Xavion Whitmire ’20, Jessica Floyd ’18, Shyan Weir ’18, and Alexia Maitland ’18 and then from members of the audience. She discussed her thoughts on many topics including racism, women’s rights, intersectionality, nationalism and Black History Month.

See a brief clip here.

Davis also spoke about her experiences in the early 1970s as a person who spent 18 months in jail and on trial after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” That led her to become co-founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison–industrial complex, a term used to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social, and political problems.

Davis spoke about being one of only 10 students of color at Brandeis University when she matriculated there. That is when Professor Jackson surprised her by introducing two Hartford-area residents, Woody and Gwen Lewis, who were in the audience and who attended Brandeis at the same time. Woody Lewis was a graduate student at the time Davis was an undergraduate.

The audience responded to Davis’s conversation with a standing ovation and many made an orderly dash for the stage to request autographs and take selfies which Davis cordially accomodated.

Davis’s appearance was sponsored by the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in the University’s Hartt School in collaboration with the department of Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, Hillyer College, and the President’s Office. It was part of the University’s Black History Month observance and one of the University’s UHart Unity events.

Watch Davis’s entire event at the University of Hartford here.

Lincoln Theater was filled to capacity for the Angela Davis event causing the need for overflow seating in Konover Campus Center

Lincoln Theater was filled to capacity for the Angela Davis event causing the need for overflow seating in Konover Campus Center

Angela Davis first responded to questions from Javon Jackson, Director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in the Hartt School

Angela Davis first responded to questions from Javon Jackson, Director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in the Hartt School

Davis also responded to questions from Xavion Whitmire ’20, Jessica Floyd ’18, Shyan Weir ’18, and Alexia Maitland ’18

Davis also responded to questions from Xavion Whitmire ’20, Jessica Floyd ’18, Shyan Weir ’18, and Alexia Maitland ’18