Professor Angela Davis will be speaking on Monday 25 June 2007 at the Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred St, Auckland University Campus, 7pm - 8:30pm, Free admission.
Professor Davis's political activism began when she was a youngster in Birmingham, Alabama, and continued through her high school years in New York. But it was not until 1969 that she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position in the Philosophy Department at UCLA as a result of her social activism and her membership in the Communist Party, USA. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List on false charges, and was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent U.S. history. During her sixteen-month incarceration, a massive international "Free Angela Davis" campaign was organised, leading to her acquittal in 1972.
She is a tenured professor in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1994, she received the distinguished honour of an appointment to the University of California Presidential Chair in African American and Feminist Studies. Her research interests include feminism, African American studies, critical theory, popular music culture and social consciousness, philosophy of punishment (women's jails and prisons).
You can find her books in the library catalogue Voyager.