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Bearing Light and Time: Prison Photography and the Abject Sentimentality of Incarcerated Motherhood
March 22, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ruby C. Tapia is Assoiciate Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author American Pietàs: Visions of Race, Death and the Maternal (University of Minnesota, 2011) and co-editor of Interrupted Life: The Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States (University of California, 2010). She collaborated with feminist historian Rickie Solinger on curating a multi-installation art exhibition on the experiences of incarcerated mothers that opened inside the California Institution for Women in Chino, California and traveled for several years nationwide. Her teaching and research engages the intersection of photography theory, feminist and critical race theory, and critical prison studies. She co-facilitates a creative writing workshop through the Prison Creative Arts Project at Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Michigan.