ROCKLAND — As part of the World in Your Library series, Leroy Rowe will discuss the issue of race and mass incarceration in America, Thursday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the Rockland Public Library.
This presentation will examine the cultural, political and institutional dynamics that produced and sustain mass incarceration in the United States, including the links between mass incarceration, racism, sexism, and poverty, and how these forces impact individuals, families, and communities of color.
Leroy M. Rowe received his doctorate in history from the University of Missouri. Professor Rowe’s research and teaching interests focus on the social and political experiences of African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality.
His current book project seeks to document and explain the relationship between black families and state institutions through the lens of the familial and institutional experiences of African American delinquent girls who were committed at the State Industrial Home for Negro Girls at Tipton, Missouri.
World in Your Library is a speaker series focused on current events and relevant issues, both local and international. Free to Maine’s libraries, World in Your Library gives small rural communities access to experts and the opportunity to explore complex topics, gain insight, and broaden perspectives. The series is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the library.
The Library is located at 80 Union St. FMI: call 594-0310.