Columbia College Chicago

Cultural Studies Colloquium with Mariame Kaba

No Selves to Defend: Criminalizing Women of Color For Self-Defense

Mariame Kaba will be discussing "No Selves to Defend," an exhibition that she organized and co-curated, that features the stories of women of color who have been criminalized for self-defense. The exhibition also addresses the campaigns and mobilizations that emerged to resist their criminalization and demand their freedom.  "No Selves to Defend" explores the intersection of gender justice, racial justice and mass incarceration.  Mariame will address how she uses cultural work in her anti-prison organizing by focusing on her work with the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (CAFMA). Time permitting, she will also share the example of Black/Inside, an exhibition that she organized and co-curated about the history of black captivity and freedom in 2012.


Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, an organization with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development.  Kaba has a long history of educating and organizing against violence. She has co-founded several organizations including the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women, the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team, and the Chicago Freedom School. Kaba runs the blog Prison Culture where she writes about issues of juvenile justice, prisons, criminalization, and transformative justice.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:00pm

624 S. Michigan Avenue, Collins Hall, 602

Event Type

Class, Presentation, Talk, Discussion


School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities, History and Social Sciences

Contact Name

Christie J. Dal Corobbo

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