Reflections on Solitary Confinement: Art, Rights, and Resistance

Professors Oona Hatton, Communication Studies, and Edith Kinney, Justice Studies, invite you to an upcoming discussion event exploring solitary confinement in California’s Pelican Bay Prison.

The event features Jack L. Morris, who survived decades in Pelican Bay’s “Secured Housing Unit” (SHU) before his recent parole, along with Shelia Pinkel, an artist, advocate, and Professor Emerita in Pomona College’s Art and Art History Department.

Morris will be speaking about his experiences in long-term solitary confinement and his work as an artist. The speakers will explore the role of art as a mode of survival, resistance, and a way to illustrate the rights violations of incarceration and solitary.

Join the discussion on February 16, 2018, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. in Hugh Gillis Hall 219. Feel free to email Edith Kinney ( or Oona Hatton ( with questions.

Click here to see Pinkel’s artistic work on mass incarceration

Click here to see Morris’ artwork

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