Red Victorian Lectures: Outlaws, Outliers & the Convict Code
Jun
25
8:00 PM20:00

Red Victorian Lectures: Outlaws, Outliers & the Convict Code

Outlaws, Outliers, and the Convict Code: How the Culture of Violence and Secrecy is Promoted and Perpetuated Inside American Prisons
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The explosion in American incarceration rates has reached epic proportions in recent years. The US is home to only 5% of the world’s population yet we cage 25% of the world’s prisoners. The US cages fully 33% of the world’s female prisoners. Several US states lock up more than 1% of their entire population. Oklahoma, for example, recently claimed the dubious distinction of becoming the world’s leading jailer, locking up a whopping 1,079 people out of every 100,000 residents. This trend is both alarming and ongoing. Remarkably, incarceration rates remained relatively stable for the first 200 years of American history. From 1776 to 1976 the US incarceration rate hovered around 100 per 100,000 people or roughly .1%. In the last forty years, that number has skyrocketed by 700%. One might think this huge increase is a symptom of a massive crime wave, yet this is not the case. Crime rates have remained relatively stable throughout this period. This begs the question, why so many prisoners?

Tonight we will explore who is being impacted by America’s mass incarceration phenomenon. We will also examine who is benefiting from it. We will consider some of the factors perpetuating the phenomenon and discuss possible solutions.


A little about our speaker: Aaron Lowers currently works as an educator, serving some of the most marginalized individuals in our community including many formerly incarcerated individuals. Aaron was incarcerated for nearly twenty-three years. During that time he gained insight into the failings of the American Criminal Justice System. Aaron earned an MA while incarcerated because he wanted to acquire the skills necessary to understand the system in which he’d become ensnared. Since that time has devoted himself to shining a light on the corruption and degradations that are part and parcel of the American penal landscape. Aaron is an outspoken critic of the prison industrial complex and he brings an insider’s perspective to a topic that has traditionally been shrouded in secrecy. Aaron is determined to develop actionable solutions geared toward ending mass incarceration and providing a more equitable society for us all.

Doors open at 8pm, talk starts at 8.30pm on the dot, please don't arrive late ♥
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The event is free, but donations are appreciated:
- Support us on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/redvictorian
- Support us through Venmo: @breanne-sparta , subjecy "RedX Embassy Lecture"

BYO Bottle, Food and share ;)

This event is brought to you by The Red Victorian & Embassy Network.

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NeurotechX SF hacknights at The Red Victorian
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

NeurotechX SF hacknights at The Red Victorian

The experimental hotel brings you our new twice a month NeurotechX SF hacknight! Come and hack on exciting new biosensors, design experiments that we can do on ourselves at the Experimental Dinners and generally tinker about.

This month we'll have a couple of Spectra kits available
https://www.crowdsupply.com/mindseye-biomedical/spectra

We have two suggested project ideas, but do feel free to also bring your own ideas.

1. Detect the power of human connection!
2. Make a machine learning infrastructure to solve Maxwell's equations using Deep Learning Techniques to obtain a higher spatial resolution image reconstruction.
3. Experiment with breathing and meditation metrics.

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Alternative Justices / Evolve.men: "The Feminist on Cellblock Y"
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Alternative Justices / Evolve.men: "The Feminist on Cellblock Y"

Join us this evening for a screening of the documentary "The Feminist on Cellblock Y"
A convicted felon builds a feminist movement from behind bars at an all-male prison in Soledad, California. Doors at 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm

This event is free, but we are collecting donations for "Success Stories" which is aiming to continue this program in california prisons. bring cash or venmo zarinah (415 608 3535) with a reference to what you are donating to.

This event is co-hosted by Evolve.men. If you are a man looking to explore men's work, show up better in your relationships, understand
#metoo and consent culture, or transform your relationship to masculinity, sex, gender, power, or privilege, show up and chat with Mischa Byruck, Evolve.men's founder.

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Red Victorian Lectures - Is the Bible a source for good in democratic discourse?
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

Red Victorian Lectures - Is the Bible a source for good in democratic discourse?

Is the Bible a source for good in democratic discourse? How to have better conversations about the Bible.

Have you ever said to someone, "the bible can be used to say anything" and felt like that was the end of the conversation? To a philosopher, such a statement is just the beginning. What does it mean to use a text? Do we really think the Bible is used to shape social and political policy? Who or what is talking with or through the Bible? Is this helping or hurting democracy? In this engaging talk, Michelle will introduce you to some methodologies of philosophy that you can use to engage in conversations about the Bible’s current role in our culture and politics with more nuance. We will take a jaunt through post-structuralism and post-post structuralism picking up the tools left by Roland Barthes, Marshall McHulan, Jurgen Habermas, and several others. Michelle will argue that the use of biblical language is ultimately a matter of the distribution of power and the levers of ideology and should be engaged with on those terms. But this talk isn’t about what Michelle thinks as much as it is about empowering you to think more sharply about the role of religiously infused language in our culture.


About our speaker: Michelle Krejci received her doctorate of philosophy in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield, England in 2012. She has written on the impact of radio in shaping the culture of mega churches and evangelicalism in the US, on the application of biblical language by activists with a progressive agenda, and wrote her dissertation on the role biblical language has played shaping sexual education policy in the US. She taught at the University of Sheffield and DePaul University before taking an abrupt turn and becoming a software engineer, which she argues is just logic. She’s no longer an academic but some people still think she’s smart.

The RedX lecture series is supported by the National Science Foundation, grant NSF DMS RTG 1501767.

The event is FREE, but donations are appreciated:
- Support us on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/redvictorian
- Support us through Venmo: @breanne-sparta , Object "RedX Embassy Lecture"

BYO Bottle, Food and share ;)

This event is brought to you by The Red Victorian @ Embassy network.

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