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“Organic Intellectuals in the Prison: Reports from the Flying University on Decarceration, Decolonization, and Restorative Justice” lecture with Sol Neely

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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As part of the Humanities Lecture Series, Sol Neely, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, will be giving a virtual talk on Indigenous cosmopolitanism, decarceration, and decolonial justice.

In 2012, Neely started a prison education program called The Flying University, which brings university students inside the prison for mutual and collaborative study. As a prison abolitionist, educator, and activist, Neely has witnessed the variety of ways by which abolitionist efforts are frustrated when they encounter the limits of an impoverished settler-colonial political imagination. For this reason, decarceral projects must build upon decolonial endeavors that implement the restorative orientation of established Indigenous cultural practices against a colonial logic of elimination.

Register for this event through Zoom. This event is made possible with support from the Center for Diversity Education and the Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professorship


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October 6
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Center for Diversity Education
Humanities Program
Carol G. Belk Distinguished Professorship
American Indian and Indigenous Studies