The Peculiar Patriot
A love story from both sides of the bars.
Co-Presented with the Museum of African American History
and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
MON, OCT 22 @ 6:30PM
African Meeting House
at the Museum of African American History
46 Joy St, Boston, MA 02114
ArtsEmerson and the Museum of African American History invite you to Peculiar Patriotism, a discussion featuring Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and Liza Jessie Peterson, moderated by humanities scholar Dr. Lizzy Cooper Davis. Peterson’s play The Peculiar Patriot interrogates the prison industrial complex and asks us how we practice patriotism by resisting structural oppression. This conversation will also uplift the experience of people who extend unconditional love to those in the criminal justice system. Join this panel as we discuss what this kind of patriotism looks like on a local level as well as Peterson’s perspective from her work as a teacher and artist in the New York state prison system.
FREE WITH RSVP
Tickets for this event are complimentary and do not guarantee access on the day of the event which will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Please plan to arrive early to this event to guarantee your seats.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
LIZA JESSIE PETERSON is a renowned actress, poet, playwright, educator and advocate. Liza has written several plays including her most recent one woman play The Peculiar Patriot, which embarked on a national prison tour where she performed in over 35 jails and penitentiaries across the country. She recently performed The Peculiar Patriot, opening for Angela Davis, at Columbia University’s conference on mass incarceration. Her plays have been featured in notable theater festivals and performed in various theaters, nationally and internationally.
SHERIFF STEVEN W. TOMPKINS, a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department since 2002, was appointed to serve as the Sheriff of Suffolk County on January 22nd, 2013 by then- Governor Deval Patrick, and was subsequently elected to that office in November of 2014.
As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail, and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody, and rehabilitative support for inmates and people awaiting trial, Tompkins also oversees a management, security, and administrative staff of over 1,000.
LIZZY COOPER DAVIS is an artist and scholar interested in how the arts can facilitate community conversation, resistance, and change. Particularly focused on black freedom movements, she has conducted research in Cuba, Brazil, and New Orleans, and her current project examines the cultural workers of the civil rights era. She has trained with Augusto and Julian Boal and used their methods in schools, community centers, and prisons. She is currently working at Jacob's Pillow in two capacities: First, as a core collaborator and documenter for "Pitsfield Moves!," a ten-month engagement project led by Angela's Pulse with local stakeholders within educational, social, and economic justice organization; And second, doing documentation and assessment for the Pillow's upcoming international summit on dance and social change.