Angela Davis, Ph.D.
Internationally renowned lecturer, professor and author
An internationally renowned lecturer, distinguished professor, and celebrated author, Dr. Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice for several decades. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, her master’s degree from the University of California at San Diego, and her doctorate degree from Humboldt University.
Professor Davis’ work as an educator has always emphasized the importance of building communities who will work for economic, racial, and gender justice. Her teaching career includes stints at the Claremont Colleges; Mills College; San Francisco State University; Stanford University; University of California - Berkeley; University of California - Los Angeles; and Vassar. Currently, she serves as the Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program; and of Feminist Studies, at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Author of 9 books, Dr. Davis has lectured throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Much of her work focuses on social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early 70’s as a person who spent 18 months in prison and was on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List” for a crime she did not commit. She has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender, and imprisonment.
A founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex, she is also affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia, which works in solidarity with women in prison.
Prominent educator, author and activist
A prominent educator, anti-racist author and activist, Tim Wise was recently named one of the “25 Visionaries who are Changing the World,” by Utne Reader. To date, Tim has spoken in all 50 states and over 800 college and high school campuses, and for community groups. Internationally, he has lectured in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.
The author of 6 books, his work has been featured in several popular, scholarly journals and books and on ABC’s 20/20. Recognized for his work, Tim received the 2001 British Diversity Award for best feature essay on race issues, and he is one of the featured individuals in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories by Duke University Press.
Other accomplishments include training teachers, corporate professionals, government, entertainment, military, law enforcement officials, and health care professionals on how to combat racial inequities. He has also served as a consultant for plaintiffs’ attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington.
Tim graduated from Tulane University where he received his bachelor's degree. As an educator, he has worked with the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, Poynter Institute, and Smith College for Social Work. Additionally, he has served as Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism and is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN.