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Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis

  • SCHLESINGER LIBRARY - Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 10 Garden Street Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)

Over the past half century, national and international struggles for freedom have been deeply shaped by revolutionary action, the contributions of feminist analysis, and, most recently, calls for prison abolition.

No single person sits more squarely at the intersection of these pivotal movements than the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

“Radical Commitments” will use Davis’s life and work to ground discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century, bringing together a cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women.

The conference also marks the opening of an exhibition highlighting materials from the Papers of Angela Y. Davis, an archive recently acquired by the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe in partnership with the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. This substantial collection includes correspondence, photographs, unpublished speeches, teaching materials, organizational records, and audiovisual recordings.

Free and open to the public.