Author Archives: rethinkingprisons

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Art, philosophy and activism from Tennessee's death row

On Friendship

By Harold N. Simone Weil says that friendship is a virtue, and Aristotle says that recognizing virtue in others is the basis of friendship. I agree that there is a bond between virtue and friendship.  In Simone’s view, virtue is … Continue reading

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Revolutionizing and Rethinking Domestic Violence

Read and download the new brochure by R.E.A.C.H. Coalition’s Subcommittee on Revolutionizing Domestic Violence here: DV Brochure Final

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Community Mapping Project

This year in R.E.A.C.H. Coalition, we are focusing on the topic of Community Healing.  We began the semester by “mapping” our communities and reflecting on both the need and the potential for community healing.  Here are some of our maps:

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Derrick Q: “Freedom to Be Free”

You bring me shackles, I hobble to my destiny Head high Seeking always seeking  . You bring me shackles My heart beats its beat Head high Yearning always yearning .

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Unit 2: A Retrospective at Carlos Gallery, University of the South

Unit 2: A Retrospective – A collaboration between students and faculty of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, and prisoners in Unit 2 – the death row unit – at Tennessee’s Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville. February 27 … Continue reading

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Gary C: “Geryon’s Dog”

In this small painting on cardboard, Gary responds to Anne Carson’s novel in verse, Autobiography of Red.  Here’s an excerpt from the poem: Eventually Geryon learned to write.His mother’s friend Maria gave him a beautiful notebook from Japan with a … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait by Gary C

Violence + Freudian Dreams Lead Us To Skinner Boxes Where We Respond To Pavlovian Commands For Ever And Ever   ***   Old, Reads A Lot, Likes Music, Writing, Art   REACH   ***   Do These Look Like You … Continue reading

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