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Memoirs of Mass Incarceration: The Rhetoric of Revolutionaries, Witnesses and Survivors



James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


In this talk based on his manuscript, Memoirs of Mass Incarceration: The Rhetoric of Revolutionaries, Witnesses and Survivors, VCU associate professor of English David Coogan tells the story of the rise of mass incarceration in America through the memoirs of those who lived through it: the revolutionaries who sought to change the system, the witnesses who watched it become a place of pure punishment and neglect and the survivors struggling through trauma and addiction in places that know not their struggles.

The event is free and open to all. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

About the Speaker

David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is the author of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail and the founder and co-director of Open Minds (, a program that enables college students to take courses in the arts and humanities with men and women incarcerated at the Richmond City Justice Center, formerly the Richmond City Jail.

Read More

"The Rhetoric of Mass Incarceration," an interview conducted by Humanities Collections Librarian Kevin Farley with David Coogan, appears in VCU Scholars Compass.


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