Partner Spotlight: University of California – Riverside

August 31, 2015
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Group portrait of eight Mexican American males taken in for questioning in the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder investigation, Los Angeles, Calif. MUST CREDIT: Special Collections, UCLA Library

Group portrait of eight Mexican American males taken in for questioning in the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder investigation, Los Angeles, Calif. MUST CREDIT: Special Collections, UCLA Library

University of California – Riverside students plan to focus thematically for their contributions to the HAL Global Dialogues traveling exhibition. The students along with their partners hope to present digitally and in their regional exhibition a “re-mapping” of carceral spaces in California that identifies (albeit selectively) prisons, jails, internment, and detention centers and that splinters or overlays carceral maps of different sorts over our region. Ideally, this would be through moving imagery, utilizing informational graphics. For the traveling exhibition, the team will pursue research related to the school to prison pipeline (or continuum, as some put it). Current issues of gang injunctions, educational discrimination, police violence, and racial profiling are those that students and organizers identify. Investigations will likely include historic sites such as reform and boarding schools (Whittier State School, Ventura School for Girls, Sherman Indian School), key events that have publicly defined notions of delinquency (the Sleepy Lagoon case and Zoot Suit riots of the 1940s and gang injunctions of the recent past) or become cause for power movements (the case of Chol Soo Lee of the 1970s), and activist youth groups who seek reform (e.g., Youth Justice Coalition).

Facilitators:

Cathy Gudis, Associate Professor of History and Director, Public History Program
Molly McGarry, Associate Professor of History

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