The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men welcomes Michael Leo Owens, the first speaker of the spring semester for the Center’s lecture series. Owens will continue to build upon this year’s theme of Imprisonment with his lecture, “Apparitions of Full Citizens: When Should the Civic Imprisonment of Felons End?” on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Owens will also participate in a roundtable discussion the following morning at 9 a.m. in the Fisher Center, located in Demarest 212.
“Michael Leo Owens has distinguished himself as one of the most insightful scholars of his generation,” says Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson of Owens, who will present his work focusing on the limits to which the U.S. currently approaches crime and punishment.
“His work takes us beyond nationalistic platitudes about democracy to illuminate new states of vulnerability and forms of apartheid within our society. With its critical focus on incarceration and matters of social justice, Owens’ work serves as the perfect keynote for the Fisher Center’s spring 2011 series.”
Owens is an associate professor of political science and religion and a research partner for the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Albany. He is also the co-organizer of the Atlanta Reentry Mapping Network for the Urban Institute, a research initiative by scholars and community stakeholders to study the spatial distribution and social dynamics of ex-prisoner reentry in metropolitan Atlanta. The author of “God & Government in the Ghetto: The Politics of Church-State Collaboration in Black America,” Owens’s current projects include Prisoners of Democracy, a multi-method study of punitive public policies and attitudes in the U. S. that impede the reintegration of ex-felons as democratic citizens.
For more information, visit the Fisher Center at http://www.hws.edu/academics/fisher_center/index.aspx .