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States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories

National traveling exhibit.

Created by over 500 people in 17 states, this interactive, nationally traveling exhibit by the Humanities Action Lab explores the past, present, and future of incarceration, including experiences of incarceration here in western Massachusetts. The exhibit will be in Holyoke, MA from March 1-12 at the Wauregan Bldg (420 Dwight St) and hosted by Wistariahurst Museum. Opening reception at 6pm on March 1. The exhibit will be in Northampton, MA from March 13-30 at Forbes Library (20 West St.), and Historic Northampton (46 Bridge St). A full schedule of community programs accompanying the exhibit is forthcoming. Additional events include a Northampton-wide read of Orange is the New Blackhosted by Forbes Library, gallery events, a local history installation at Historic Northampton, and more. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

March 1-12: The Wauregan Building, 420 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA 01040, Hosted by Wistariahurst Museum.

March 13-30: Forbes Library and Historic Northampton, Northampton, MA.

Exhibit openings: March 1, Wauregan Building, 6pm with remarks by Mayor Alex Morse and Provost Katherine Newman; March 13th, Forbes Library and Historic Northampton, 5-8pm with presentations at 6pm (Forbes) and 7pm (Historic Northampton)

This event is offered as part of the Department of History's 2016-17 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, titled "The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration." This year's series explores how state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. It features more than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation's leading scholars, artists and activists. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.