April 10, 2006
Exhibit, panel discussion focus on incarcerated
A traveling exhibit, "Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers
in the United States," is on display through April 24 at
the UCSC Women's Center
and the Porter College Faculty Gallery.
The largest work at the Women's Center, titled "Centerpiece,"
is a series of collages, each made up of images women in prison
created in response to the question What does it mean to be
a mother? Using words and photographs from newspapers and magazines
as well as original drawings and lettering, these pieces tell
a poignant story of love, loss, guilt, and the pain of separation.
Drawing by Susan Willmarth, 2005
The show, curated by historian Rickie Solinger, opened in March
at the California Women's Facility at Chino and will travel
around the country for the next three years.
On Tuesday, April 11, there will be a talk by community studies
professor Nancy Stoller followed by a panel discussion with
representatives from Inside Out Writing Project, Justice Now,
Friends Outside, Gemma, Critical Resistance, Legal Services
for Prisoners with Children, and the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.
The program is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Women's Center and is
preceded by a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is
free and open to the public.
On Thursday, April 20, there will be a free public workshop
on the work of the group Critical Resistance. The mission of
the group is to end the prison industrial complex. Beginning
with a 6:30 p.m. reception, the workshop will run from 7 to
9 p.m. at the Women's Center.
The Women's Center is located in the Cardiff House on campus
and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
Porter College Faculty Gallery is located in building D222 and
is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more
information, contact Roberta Valdez, director of the UCSC Women's
Center at (831) 459-2169.
Interrupted Life is sponsored by the UCSC Women's
Center in collaboration with Porter College and the ACLU-Santa