News Release: Arts and Humanities, Events, Law

Feb. 26,  2009

Performance Explores Plight of Incarcerated Women

Performance artist and activist Rhodessa Jones of Cultural Odyssey and the Medea Project will be the featured speaker and performer in "A Celebration of Motherhood: The Arts as Activism" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Emory University. Admission is free.

The event, which will include student dance and a musical performance by the choir of the Metro State Women's Prison in Atlanta, will be held in Tull Auditorium of Emory Law School, 1301 Clifton Rd.

The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women was created to explore whether an arts-based approach could help reduce the numbers of women returning to jail.

The Medea Project is a production of Cultural Odyssey, a touring ensemble company founded in 1979 by executive director Idris Ackamoor and joined by Rhodessa Jones, co-artistic director, in 1983. Together they have developed over a dozen original productions that demonstrate their vision of "arts as social activism."

"A Celebration of Motherhood" is one of a series of events around the theme "Motherhood at the Intersection of Race and Class" organized by the Atlanta Consortium of Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and Emory's Race and Difference Initiative.


Events in the Series

Friday, Feb. 27-Saturday, Feb. 28

Feminism & Legal Theory "Incarceration and Human Rights" Workshop
 (PDF)

  • Emory Law School, Gambrell Hall, Room 575
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A two-day academic conference that engages scholarship being developed surrounding incarceration and human rights from a legal framework.
  • This event is free and open to the public.
  • For more information, contact Pamela Bridgewater, 404.712.2420.
  • Conference schedule (PDF)


Wednesday, March 4

"A Celebration of Motherhood: The Arts as Activism"

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Tull Auditorium of Emory Law School, 1301 Clifton Rd.
  • World renowned performing artist and activist Rhodessa Jones of The Medea Project will be the featured speaker and performer in a composite set of performances including student dance, music performance by the choir of the Metro State Women's Prison in Atlanta.
  • This event is free and open to the public.
  • For more information, contact Esther Jones, 404.727.7083.


Tuesday, March 24

Angela Davis

  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church
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The civil rights and women's rights icon Angela Davis will speak about women, privilege, and prisons in honor of Women's History Month. Since her own imprisonment in 1970 -- and the international "Free Angela Davis" campaign that followed -- Davis has been America's most well-known critic of the prison system. Public reception and book-signing to follow.
  • This event is free and open to the public.
  • 

Presented by the Center for Women at Emory and the Emory Department of Women's Studies. Cosponsored by the Jessica Glasser Memorial Lecture Fund, Ali P. Crown, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, Atlanta Consortium of Colleges and Universities, and the following from Emory: Hightower Lecture Fund, Race and Difference Initiative, the Office of Community and Diversity, the Law School, the Presidents Commission on the Status of Women, Feminists in Action, and Emory Alumnae and Women of Emory.
  • View more information on the Angela Davis event or contact Sasha Smith, 404.727.2001.

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