Punishing the Poor: Criminalizing Poverty

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monona Public Library
Forum Room

Event Details

A Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Impacts of Incarceration on Individuals, Families, and Communities

This panel-format discussion will talk about the impact of incarceration, as well as the historic phenomenon of mass incarceration on individuals, families, and communities. It will also focus on how communities and scholarship can make positive change. Audience participation will be welcomed.

The discussion will be lead by:

Mary Beth Collins - Director of Centers Research and Public Affairs, J.D., M.A., at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, and lead facilitator for A Multidisciplinary Exploration of the Impacts of Incarceration on Individuals, Families, and Communities.

Fellow panel presenters include:

Cynthia Burnson - a graduate student in the School of Human Ecology and co-president of the UW-Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association.

Joy Huntington - a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the School of Human Ecology studying Interior Architecture. Her research is a historical environmental behavior study on how single women homeowners used home ownership and renovations to reflect place identity, place attachment, and to further gender equality.

Eric Upchurch II - Chief Visionary at Opportunity Inc. and one of the Lead Organizers for the Young Gifted and Black Coalition. He's a strategic development consultant, foreign economy technical analyst, community activist, educator and researcher. He teaches mindfulness and meditation in addition to stewarding entrepreneurial and economic empowerment initiatives. Prior to his current roles, Eric served as the Interim Executive Director for Madison's Black Chamber of Commerce, Director of Development and Marketing for the YWCA Madison, and 9 years as the CEO of ESUCEO Inc. Previous work included counseling and case management with Briarpatch and AmeriCorp as well as community engagement and grass roots organizing with Operation Welcome Home focusing on agency for people experiencing homelessness. Graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS in Consumer Affairs/Business, Eric is learned in meditation, as a professional trader, orator, chief executive, strategist, development professional, mediator, organizer and counselor - delivering a variety of trainings from conflict resolution and business development to mindfulness and meditation.

No registration necessary.

Event Type(s): Adults
Matt Heindel
(608) 216-7455