Learn more about the U.S. prison system and why hundreds of thousands of children are growing up in homes without fathers at an upcoming talk and artistic presentation by two scholars in residence at University of Puget Sound.
Thelma Jackson, education consultant to five Washington governors, and Paul Rucker, artist and musician, will give presentations and invite audience participation at the “Education, Race, and Criminal Justice” event at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in Schneebeck Concert Hall on the university campus.
Entrance is free; tickets are not required.
This is the first in a series of three public events running throughout the spring under the title of American Voices: Invisibility, Art, and Educational Justice. The series features educators, scholars, artists, and activists whose work pushes the boundaries of civic consciousness with nontraditional voices and performances.
Thelma Jackson, owner of Foresight Consultants and an education consultant with 30 years of experience , will open the evening with a talk that probes into the “school-to-prison pipeline.”
Jackson will consider the inequitable effects of school suspensions, poor teaching, fatherless families, juvenile detention, family debt, job discrimination, and zero tolerance policies. She also will point to the opportunities for change in high-quality early learning programs, improved teacher training, racial justice advocacy, and community awareness, compassion, and action.
Paul Rucker, Seattle cellist and artist, is known for integrating live musical performance with visual art. For this event he is creating a new work based on Jackson’s work. He will open his presentation by explaining how he integrates social justice issues into his art.
For more information about American Voices: Invisibility, Art, and Educational Justice contact the Race and Pedagogy Initiative at 253.879.2435 or visit www.pugetsound.edu/raceandpedagogy.