Summer Potpourri III

Aug 7 – Project Return

This will be a detailed course on mass incarceration, the criminal justice system’s involvement, and those re-entering from Wisconsin’s penal system. This session will give an overview of how certain aspects of the criminal justice system has contributed to mass incarceration in the state of Wisconsin. The state of Wisconsin’s prison population has more than double in the past 25years, is there more criminal activity in the state? Or is our criminal justice system taking more of a punitive approach when it comes to crime? These are question and answers we will explore and explain as we discuss crime and rehabilitation in the world of mass incarceration. This course will give the good news of how things have and are being done to end mass incarceration to restore rehabilitation to individual lives, families, and communities. With this course on Re-entry, you will walk away with an understanding and appreciation for the services offered and proven in the Re-entry industry.

Aug 14 – Disability Movement of Wisconsin

This presentation will share the untold story of the early years of the Wisconsin disability rights movement. It will focus mainly on the long journey to freedom and inclusion for people with physical disabilities but also touch on the heroes and accomplishments of other disability groups. The book is built around the work of a diverse group of “giants” who challenged society’s deeply-rooted assumptions and stereotypical biases toward people with disabilities. It focuses on their stories and the major tipping points in the struggle for full citizenship and against discrimination in employment, public accommodations, transportation, and communication services – – much of it accomplished before federal passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Aug 21 – Reading Round Up

Did you know that hundreds of thousands of books are published annually in the United States? That’s a lot. We’ve all heard of James Patterson, Louise Penny, and Jodi Picoult, but what about authors like Olga Tokarczuk, Anton Treuer, and Kali Fajardo-Anstine? Librarian Hayley Johnson will share tips and tricks on how to seek out new titles and authors. She will share book suggestions, including books written by international authors, regional authors, and multicultural authors. The discussion will focus primarily on fictional titles, and it will touch on a variety of formats like audiobooks, e-books, and graphic novels.

Dates and locations to be announced.

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