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Join us for the 2023 Black History Month Guest Lecture, presented by the Department of History at Bowling Green State University. 

Dr. Terrance Wooten is Assistant Professor of Black Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. He will be presenting a talk entitled "Beyond Perpetrators: Black Men Against Sexual Violence and the Genealogy of Prison Reform." 

This talk considers the organization Prisoners Against Rape, founded in 1973, comprised of individuals who committed rape, feminist anti-sexual violence workers and organizations and individuals invested in combating rape and rape culture.

Chiefly, this talk is concerned with understanding what centering the experiences, writings and appearances of these Black men can teach us about prison abolition as we continue to build toward a different kind of future. 

This talk revists the work of Prisoners Against Rape to situate them with a Black queer abolitionist genealogy from which they are often ignored or minimized, their attentiveness to acts of violence within the prison system against queer subjects, their interrogation of violence against women and their theorization of the economics of sexual violence situate Black men not simply as perpetrators of violence but as necessary agents in the dismantling of the carceral state. Their work is particularly significant given the longer historical construction of Black men as sexual predators and the ways that the prison industrial complex disproportionately impacts Black men. 

The public is invited and welcomed to attend this guest lecture. 


To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.

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