DAVIDSON – Davidson College announced that noted political activist and academic Angela Davis will present its annual Wearn Lecture at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in Duke Family Performance Hall.

Davis will speak on the subject “Political Activism and Protest from the 1960s to the Age of Obama.”

No tickets or reservations are required to this public event.

During her time at Davidson, Davis will also conduct a podium discussion on “Black Panthers in the 1960s and 1970s, Black GIs, and West German activists.”

Davis is a founding member “Critical Resistance,” a national organization dedicated to dismantling the prison system. She is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions.

Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she urges audiences to consider the possibility of a world without prisons, and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

Davis taught for the last 15 years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, and of Feminist Studies.

She has also taught at San Francisco State University, Mills College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University

Call 704-894-2284 for information on Davis’ talk at Davidson.