March 20, 2022 at 1:49 pm

Black Feminist Reflections on Violence and Mass Criminalization: The Promise of Abolition, April 14

Beth Richie, portrait

Dr. Beth Richie

From the Ohio University Calendar

The African American Studies Spring Lecture features Beth Richie, Ph.D., discussing “Black Feminist Reflections on Violence and Mass Criminalization: The Promise of Abolition” on Thursday, April 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“Please join us for a lecture and discussion ​with this award-winning scholar,” said Bayyinah Jeffries, Ph,D., chair and associate professor of the African American Studies Department.

This event is sponsored by the African American Studies Department, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and the Sociology & Anthropology Department in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Ohio University’s Women’s Center.

Richie is head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and Distinguished Professor of Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The emphasis of her scholarly and activist work has been on the ways that race, ethnicity and social position affect women’s experience of violence and incarceration, focusing on the experiences of African American battered women and sexual assault survivors.

Richie is the co-author of Abolition. Feminism. Now. published earlier this year with Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent and Erica Meiners.  She is also the author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation (2012), which chronicles the evolution of the contemporary anti-violence movement during the time of mass incarceration in the United States and numerous articles concerning Black feminism and gender violence, race and criminal justice policy, and the social dynamics around issues of sexuality, prison abolition, and grassroots organizations in African American Communities. Ritchie is one of the editors of The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences, Working Towards Freedom  (2018) with collaborating teachers from Stateville Prison.

Her earlier book Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women, is taught in many college courses and is cited in the popular press for its original arguments concerning race, gender and crime. Her work has been supported by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Institute for Justice, and the National Institute of Corrections. She has been awarded the Audre Lorde Legacy Award from the Union Institute, the Advocacy Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Visionary Award from the Violence Intervention Project, and the University of Illinois at Chicago Woman of the Year Award.  Richie was a founding board member of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African Community and the National Network for Women in Prison, and a founding member of INCITE!: Women of Color Against Violence. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Degree from the City University of New York Law School, and in 2014 she was appointed as a senior advisor to the NFL to work on their gender violence prevention program.



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