Rewriting the Language of Incarceration (ft. Sarah Wang, Aviva Stahl, Nicole R. Fleetwood, Madhu Kaza, & Daniel A. Gross)
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Is language adequate to describe the harsh reality of incarceration? Which words are used too often, too lazily, not often enough? We’ll hear from four people who are writers, journalists, and professors, approaching these subjects surrounding incarceration from different angles; Sarah Wang, Aviva Stahl, Nicole R. Fleetwood, Madhu Kaza. They read and talk with AAWW's Prisons Editor Daniel A. Gross about the evolving language of 2019 and the way it shapes lives, going in-depth on subjects such as how bureaucratic prison language invalidates and harms trans people, the stigma of a murder conviction, how to use alternative language to subvert carceral language, and much more.

Watch the whole event (especially if you're curious about Nicole Fleetwood's slideshow) on our YouTube Channel:

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