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placeholder January 9, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Saint Mary’s speakers’ series ‘crosses borders’

Each January, Saint Mary’s College of California encourages its students to step out of their comfort zones, explore new intellectual territory and take classes that reflect the Lasallian tradition of social action.

The public is invited to do the same, as the college offers three speakers, all under the theme of “Crossing Borders,” exploring what’s at risk when ideological, political, physical and cultural borders are crossed.

The speakers include a prison warden turned death penalty opponent, a Bay Area cultural cartographer and an Oakland-based hip-hop artist, community activist and playwright.

Jeanne Woodford, who carried out four executions as the director of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will speak Jan. 10. As the executive director of Death Penalty Focus, the former San Quentin Prison warden now leads a national effort to end the death penalty in California and the rest of the country. She is advocating for the Safe California law, which would replace capital punishment with a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Supporters are seeking 500,000 signatures by March to place the measure before voters.

On Jan. 17, cultural historian Rebecca Solnit will speak on “Crossing the Public/Private Divide,” exploring how the boundaries between public and private life are policed and how they break open in crises such as natural disasters and during moments of dissent. Solnit is the author of 13 books, including “Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas,” a book of 22 maps and nearly 30 collaborators and “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.”

On Jan. 24, actor, hip-hop poet and playwright Ariel Luckey challenges audiences to examine the legacies of white privilege by holding a mirror up to his own family’s journey through American history. His lecture, entitled “Free Land: Race and Land in United States,” expands on areas explored in his one-man play “Free Land.” In the solo hip-hop theater production, Luckey, the descendant of white homesteaders from Wyoming, examines the ugly underside of a free government land grant from the 1860s — a grant that gave his ranching family opportunity, but which in reality was, as he describes, part of a “legacy of theft and genocide in the Wild Wild West.”

Each lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Soda Activity Center at Saint Mary’s College of California, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga. Lectures are free and open to the public.

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