Past Events

Freedom and Captivity

September 27, 2021

What Does Abolition Feel Like?
Anna Martine Whitehead
Freedom and Captivity lecture series
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Performance artist Anna Martine Whitehead discusses her artistic practice, focused on how she centers Black liberation, queer livingness, and creative alternatives to policing and prisons in her work. An artist talk will be followed by a conversation between Whitehead and performer and poet, Gabrielle Civil. Introduced by Gwyneth Shanks (Theater and Dance).

To register for the event, please click here.

The Freedom and Captivity lecture series is sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Art, English and Creative Writing, Music, Philosophy, Sociology, Theater and Dance, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the African American Studies program, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Colby Libraries, and the Cultural Events Committee.

Freedom and Captivity

September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021
Two Cent Talk Series: Phuc Tran and Kristen Case
5:00-6:30 p.m., Arts Collaborative, 62 Main Street

Phuc Tran has been a high school Latin teacher for more than twenty years while also simultaneously establishing himself as a highly sought-after tattooer in the Northeast. Tran graduated from Bard College in 1995 with a BA in Classics and received the Callanan Classics Prize. He taught Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit in New York at the Collegiate School and was an instructor at Brooklyn College’s Summer Latin Institute. Most recently, he taught Latin, Greek, and German at the Waynflete School in Portland, Maine.

Kristen Case teaches courses in American literature, environmental writing, and the intersection of 20th- and 21st-century American literature and philosophy. She has published essays on Henry David Thoreau, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, and William James, and is the author of the book American Poetry and Poetic Practice: Crosscurrents from Emerson to Susan Howe (Camden House, 2011). She is co-editor of the volumes Thoreau at 200: Essays and Reassessments (Cambridge UP, 2016) and 21|19: Contemporary Poets in the 19th Century Archive (Milkweed Editions, 2019).

Sponsored by Colby College’s Office of the President, Center for the Arts and the Humanities, English Department, and Creative Writing Program.

Freedom and Captivity

September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021
Abolition for the 21st Century
Orisanmi Burton, Dylan Rodriguez and Jackie Wang
Freedom and Captivity lecture series
7:00 p.m., Live Zoom Webinar

Join us for Abolition for the 21st Century’ with Orisanmi Burton (Anthropology, American University, Abolition 101 video), Dylan Rodriguez (American Studies, UC-Riverside, founding member of Critical Resistance and author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime) and Jackie Wang (USC).

To register for the event, please click here.

 The Freedom and Captivity lecture series is sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Art, English and Creative Writing, Music, Philosophy, Sociology, Theater and Dance, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the African American Studies program, the Oak Institute for Human Rights, Colby Libraries, and the Cultural Events Committee.

Jacinta

September 14, 2021

Jacinta (2020) w/ director Jessica Earshaw and subject Jacinta Hunt
Cinema in Conversation: Films of Freedom, Captivity, and Human Rights
7:00 p.m., Maine Film Center

A deeply intimate portrait of mothers and daughters and the effects of trauma, JACINTA follows a young woman in and out of prison as she attempts to break free from an inherited cycle of addiction, incarceration, and crime.

Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Oak Institute for Human Rights, Cinema Studies, and the Maine Film Center.

Part of Freedom & Captivity, a statewide initiative to explore an abolitionist future for Maine.