Weaponizing Loneliness - May 6th, 2PM Central - Register now!

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Weaponizing Loneliness

Friday, May 6 | 2-3:30PM CST

Virtual Event

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Join the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for our third Lonely No More! roundtable conversation!

How is loneliness weaponized in practices of solitary confinement and infrastructures of incarceration? What do efforts toward its banning tell us about the rhetoric of loneliness as points of concern and control? How have individuals and communities resisted infrastructures of isolation linked to the carceral state? This conversation will include the following experts:

Stephanie Gibson –an art/architectural historian and cultural critic interested in the ways in which groups and societies construct their monumental landscape. A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Gibson provides insight into how monuments of the Black Atlantic are used by architects and other designers to respond to the large and important challenges of representing and repairing the trauma and loss suffered by these communities.

Vijay Gupta - violinist, speaker and citizen-artist dedicated to creating spaces of wholeness through music who was the recipient of a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship. Gupta is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a community of musicians creating spaces of connection for people in reentry from homelessness, addiction and incarceration in Los Angeles.

Keramet Reiter - a Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. Reiter studies prisons, prisoners’ rights, and the impact of prison and punishment policy on individuals, communities, and legal systems. Reither is the Director of LIFTED, a program to offer University of California BA degrees to incarcerated students, and the co-founder of UCI PrisonPandemic, a digital archive of incarcerated Californian’s stories of living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah Shourd - a trauma-informed investigative journalist, playwright, and 2019 Stanford JSK Knight fellow. For the last 12 years her work has focused on exposing the impact of mass incarceration and exploring alternatives. Shourd has written two books: a memoir about the year she spent as a political hostage in Iran, and an anthology of testimonies she collected from inmates across the U.S. during her three-year investigation into solitary confinement in prisons. Based on this investigation, Shourd wrote, directed, and produced a play, The BOX, which is on a national tour.


Watch our first two roundtables on Lonely Infrastructure and Nonhuman Kinship before the May 6th event!

And for more details about Lonely No More! please visit our Book Club, listen to our 6.5 Minutes With… Podcast, and view our Other Events and Opportunities! You may also visit our Center website at uwm.edu/c21 or email us at c21@uwm.edu.