Starting the New Year Strong with HBB:
Volunteer Training & Community Events!


Dear Humanities Behind Bars members and supporters,

We are excited to kick off the New Year with two powerful community events raising consciousness about the prison industrial complex, and a volunteer training session for anyone who would like to start participating in our program at Norfolk City Jail!
Michelle Alexander at ODU President's Lecture Series: Tuesday, January 16th from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Big Blue Room, Ted Constant Convocation Center

Old Dominion University is hosting social justice advocate and scholar Michelle Alexander as part of its President's Lecture Series. Her acclaimed book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has amplified public awareness of institutional racism and the prison industrial complex. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited so we encourage you to register ASAP:

Register here for the event
Future HBB Volunteers at Norfolk City Jail:
Training on Friday, February 2nd from 3:00 - 5:30 PM

Anyone who would like to start offering courses or shadow an existing class at the jail must attend this training led by Norfolk City Jail staff from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at Norfolk City Jail. Immediately following this training, we will meet from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the nearby Slover Library to discuss HBB-specific practices. Both the NCJ and HBB training sessions are imperative for our program's vitality and vision. In preparation, you may choose to review our Ethics of Teaching. We strongly encourage all current and future HBB volunteers at Norfolk City Jail to attend this orientation at Slover Library!

Important Note: Please contact HBB Graduate Research Assistant Meghan Morris at for the requisite NCJ volunteer paperwork, which you must complete and return by January 19th, if you plan to attend the orientation at Norfolk City Jail. She will then provide you with further instructions about jail regulations, directions, parking, etc.

Our Next 13TH Film Screening and Discussion:
Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00 - 8:30 PM
ODU Learning Commons at Perry Library

Please join us for our next screening of 13TH, sponsored by ODU's Office of Intercultural Relations as part of their 2018 Black History Month Events & Celebration: Speaking Truth to Power! From 6:00 - 6:30 PM, Danielle Goldstein will lead an information session on the newly formed Humanities Behind Bars Student Club at ODU and how to get involved with local social justice initiatives. Pizza and refreshments will be provided by the Office of Intercultural Relations. Then, we will watch the documentary and HBB Co-Directors Kendrick McCray and Alison Reed will facilitate a post-film discussion.

Please Note: The screening will begin at 6:30 PM sharp and a future version of this flyer will be updated with that information.

We hope to see you at these upcoming events and to continue building the momentum toward abolition together. If you have any questions, please contact

Love and abolition,

Alison Reed, Program Co-Director & Co-Founder
Casey Guditus, HBB Treasurer

Danielle Goldstein, Student Justice Coordinator
Meghan Morris, Graduate Research Assistant


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