Religious scholars Josh Dubler and Vincent Lloyd will lecture on prison abolition and their new book, Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons on February 7, 2019 at 5:30pm in Rocky 200. Drawing from their forthcoming book, Dubler and Lloyd argue that if we are serious about "ending mass incarceration," we must push not for prison reform but for prison abolition. To the standard stories about race, politics, and economics that account for how the United States has come to lock so many in cages, Dubler and Lloyd also add the concerns of religion. They argue that mass incarceration has a discernible political theology, and only by drawing on religious sources can prison abolition become a movement powerful enough to set us free.
Joshua Dubler is an Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on American religion and theory of religion. His teaching and writing takes place where American religious history and ethnography intersects with critical theory. He is author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (FSG, 2013).
Vincent Lloyd is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. His research is centered on the philosophy of religion, religion and politics, and race. He is the author most recently of Religion of the Field Negro (Fordham).
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