Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Virtual Book Talk | CSREA | The Healing Stage: Black Women, Incarceration, and the Art of Transformation

The Healing Stage book cover

Thursday, February 23, 2023

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Webinar - Registration Required

About the Event
Over the last five decades, Black women have been one of the fastest-growing segments of the global prison population. In "The Healing Stage," Lisa Biggs reveals how four ensembles of currently and formerly incarcerated women use theater and performance to challenge harmful policies and popular discourses that justify locking up “bad” women.

This work illustrates how Black feminist cultural traditions—theater, dance, storytelling, poetry, humor, and protest—encourage individual and collective healing, a process of repair that exceeds state definitions of rehabilitation.

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About the Author
Lisa Biggs
John Atwater and Diana Nelson Assistant Professor of the Arts and Africana Studies