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Voices of radicals, critics and artists

By Dave Jones on October 6, 2006 in University

Civil rights activist Angela Davis, radical rebel-turned-university professor, is due at UC Davis Oct. 10 to give a on current events, how change happens and women's role in particular in change.

Her talk is set for 7 p.m. in Freeborn Hall, free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by the Women's Resources and Research Center. Davis has spent the last

15 years at UC Santa Cruz, where she is a professor of feminist studies and the history of consciousness.

Organizers of her talk at UC Davis say the professor emphasizes the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial and gender equality. In her talk, organizers said, Davis asks: What strategies work? What is the context in which we are seeking change? How do we build communities with strong voices that are sustainable, effective and transformative? In 1970, the government put Davis on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List after charging her with homicide, kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with her alleged participation in an attempt to free Black Panther George Jackson from a Marin County courtroom. Authorities eventually captured Davis, and she spent 16 months in jail. She was acquitted in 1972.

Her most recent books are Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is now completing a book on prisons and American history.

Other notable speakers coming to

UC Davis next week include:

  • Jonathan Kozol, author and social critic, with two talks about the U.S. education system, Oct. 12. Forum@MC, "Arts Education in America," 4 p.m., Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, free. Distinguished Speakers series, "Still Separate, Still Unequal," 8 p.m., Jackson Hall. Tickets for the Distinguished Speakers series are available through the Mondavi Center ticket office: (530) 754-2787 or (866) 754-2787, or
  • Angela Dufresne, a painter of large, dreamlike landscapes inhabited by strange modernist structures, Oct. 12. First

event in this year's Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Lecture Series, 4:30 p.m., University Club, free.

Media contact(s)

Dave Jones, Dateline, 530-752-6556,