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Caged: Disability, Incarceration and the Destruction of Life Chances

Click here to access a recording of the event. Please note that captions will be available as soon as possible.

On August 13, 2021, the virtual dialogue about disability, race, incarceration, and policing in the United States was hosted by Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor of Law, Director of the Center on Law, Equality and Race, and Associate Dean of Academic Community Engagement at the University of California, Irvine.

The event featured Liat Ben-Moshe, an activist-scholar-educator-researcher working at the intersection of incarceration, decarceration, abolition and disability/madness; Nirmala Erevelles, Professor of social and cultural studies in education at the University of Alabama whose research focuses on the unruly, messy, unpredictable and taboo body; and Leroy Moore, activist around police brutality against people with disabilities and founder of Krip-Hop Nation and other organizations. The event drew from the Disability Justice and Critical Race Theory movements to confront and delineate the harms of mass incarceration and institutionalization.

The event was co-sponsored by Repair, the UCLA Disability Studies Program, and the Center on Law, Equity & Race (CLEAR) at the University of California, Irvine.

Image description: A sculpture by the artist Lorraine Bonner, featuring an armless person from the waist up. The material is dark/black clay. The facial expression of the figure is somber, with a wrinkled brow. The torso’s rib cage is open, showing white rocks inside the figure’s chest. The sculpture is titled “Memories”.