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World Workshop #29: "LOCKED UP" (+ Dinner)

4/18/14 @6:00 pm in CSUF Hum 123.  This event is part of the Left Bank's "World Workshops" series on Friday evenings.  Today's theme: LOCKED UP.   Hosted by Dr. Hélène Domon.  This workshop is organized by the Left Bank and the CSUF Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

In this workshop we'll look at prisons and asylums.  Who gets locked up, and who doesn't?  We'll examine various countries and periods of history.


(If you want to be a speaker, please see instructions below.)

• Dr. Hélène Domon, professor of French Studies at CSUF: "Who gets locked up, who doesn't?  An introduction."

• Jean Raun and Tiffany Lin, Advocates for Cost Effective Justice in Orange County, "Punishment vs. Rehabilitation ."

• Dori Barnett, Ed.D., school psychologist in OC Juvenile Hall:  "Juveniles in Detention: the Discipline Gap and the School to Prison Pipeline."

• Film Excerpt:  Augustine (France).

• Film Excerpt: A Page of Madness (Japan, 1926).

• Screening of short documentaries on asylums and the Prison Industrial Complex, and interviews of Michelle Alexander, Mike Elk, Angela Davis, Michel Foucault, a song by Michael Jackson, and more...

• (your name!)

After the workshop, we will have dinner in Fullerton.  Details later.


• Give a talk! Anyone at the Left Bank is welcome to submit a proposal for a 10-minute presentation on this topic.  You do not need to be an expert, a teacher or a published writer - just an informed citizen of the Earth who would like to provide insights.

Rules of the game:

1) Email a title and short summary to Helene at [masked] at least a few days before the workshop date;

2) Focus your topic on one theme you would like to emphasize;

3) Your presentation is 10 minutes max, followed by an informal group discussion;

4) A PowerPoint is welcome, but not mandatory.  Lectures, round tables, videos, poetry, slam, spoken word, songs, art, performance and other forms of expression are all welcome.

Cheers, come on, don't hesitate!  Share your knowledge and hopes!  Be part of the people's university where we learn and grow from each other and build tomorrow's world!

Cost:  The workshop is FREE. 

Directions and Parking:  From FWY 57, take Nutwood Exit to the west.  Make a right on Folino Dr. and an immediate left into Parking lot F.  Drive around the curve and park close to Humanities building, which is the tallest building near the parking lot, with a beehive-like wall pattern.  Parking is free on Fridays after 5:00pm.

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  • Helene D.

    Michael Jackson - They Don't Care About Us

    ...All I wanna say is that
    They don't really care about us

    Beat me, hate me
    You can never break me
    Will me, thrill me
    You can never kill me
    Jew me, sue me
    Everybody do me
    Kick me, kike me
    Don't you black or white me
    All I wanna say is that
    They don't really care about us

    Some things in life they just don't wanna see
    But if Martin Luther was livin'
    He wouldn't let this be, no, no

    Skin head, dead head
    Everybody gone bad
    Situation, segregation
    Everybody allegation
    In the suite, on the news
    Everybody dog food
    Kick me, kike me
    Don't you wrong or right me

    April 19, 2014

  • Helene D.

    (via our friend Avri) "I volunteer for TedXOC and I thought you might be interested in this talk by OC Judge Wendy Lindley."

    April 19, 2014

  • Helene D.

    On Netflix: Augustine (France, 2012, by Alice Winocour, on the internment and Charcot's neurological study of hysterics in the 19th century)

    April 19, 2014

  • Helene D.

    Had a great time guys! Here are some of the links:
    Matt Taibi -Who goes to jail

    The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDx The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    M. Alexander on Democracy Now

    Mike Elk on PIC (from labor point of view)

    Prison Industrial Complex in America
    22' PressTV Playlist on PIC

    A Page of Madness (Japan, 1926, by Teinosuke Kinugasa)

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm swamped at work and can't go either. Really wanted to attend.

    April 18, 2014

  • Tyanna

    Ugh, I am going to have to miss out on this one. I didn't get my usual shift today and I won't be off until 7. I wasn't able to switch it. I'm so bummed :(

    April 18, 2014

  • Mark R

    I don't know if I can make this one, but you might find this interesting:

    Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

    Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi is out with an explosive new book that asks why the vast majority of white-collar criminals have avoided prison since the financial crisis began, while an unequal justice system imprisons the poor and people of color on a mass scale. In "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," Taibbi explores how the Depression-level income gap between the wealthy and the poor is mirrored by a "justice" gap in who is targeted for prosecution and imprisonment. "It is much more grotesque to consider the non-enforcement of white-collar criminals when you do consider how incredibly aggressive law enforcement is with regard to everybody else," Taibbi says.

    1 · April 16, 2014

    • Helene D.

      Thanks, Mark. I will show the clip. :)

      April 17, 2014

  • dori

    Helene, I may be able to add to this discussion from the perspective of juveniles in detention. I can discuss statistics about the Discipline Gap and the school to prison pipeline. I have been a school psychologist in OC juvenile hall. Dori

    February 22, 2014

    • Helene D.

      It's April 18. Will that work for you?

      April 3, 2014

    • Helene D.

      Please check the program on this page and let me know if you want any edits. Thanks, Dori.

      April 3, 2014

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