Author and academic Michelle Kuo will give a lecture on Dec. 8 titled Solidarity with People Behind the Bars.
Kuo, an accomplished lawyer and writer, and fervent advocate for prison education, will draw on her extensive experience to discuss incarceration throughout the globe.
The lecture, which is part of the Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation’s (龍應台文化基金會) Taipei Salon (台北沙龍) lecture series, will be moderated by Ko Pei-ru (柯沛如), the founder of Food Culture Collective.
Photo courtesy of the Lung Yingtai Foundation
With over 11 million people incarcerated worldwide today, the event will examine crucial questions surrounding their lives and the motivations behind punitive measures.
The conversation will explore the complexities of freedom, justice, systemic challenges and offer diverse perspectives on incarceration from both societal and prisoner viewpoints.
Kuo, currently a visiting associate professor at both National Taiwan University and National Chengchi University, gained acclaim for her 2017 memoir, Reading with Patrick (陪你讀下去). The poignant account reflects on her experiences teaching reading in a rural county jail in the US state of Arkansas, posing profound questions about societal obligations. The narrative underscores the profound impact of economic and racial inequality on life outcomes.
The salon is free, but those wanting to attend must pre-register.
To register for the in-person discussion (until Dec. 7), visit: www.surveycake.com/s/MOnbl
The talk will also be screened live on Facebook. To register, go to: fb.me/e/3nktpt7g8
■ 207, Sec 1, Dihua St, Taipei City (台北市大同區迪化街一段207號)
■ Dec. 8 from 7:30pm to 9pm. The lecture will be held in English.
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