2015-16 Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professor - Angela Davis

Angela Davis

We are delighted to announce that Angela Davis, renowned educator and activist for social justice at the University of California Santa Cruz, has been appointed as the 2015-16 Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professor.

Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice.  Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz, and the author of nine books, including her most recent book of essays called The Meaning of Freedom.

In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination.  She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.”

She is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex.  Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.  Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

We want to thank Dr. Rushika Patel, Director of the Women’s Educational Center, for her nomination.  In the coming months, we will be planning Dr. Davis’ visit the week of March 20, 2016.  Several events will be planned for that week for students, faculty, staff, and the Flint community to interact with this dynamic educator.  As events are planned, we will be sending out “save the date” notices.  I hope you will join in many of the events of the week.

History and Application Process of the Winegarden Professorship

The Myron and Margaret Winegarden Visiting Professorship was established in 2001 through a generous gift from the estate of Margaret Winegarden.  This gift enables the University of Michigan-Flint to bring individuals of national and international reputation to our campus. 

The guidelines for the Professorship specify that the candidate contribute to the understanding and appreciation for the sciences and humanities in the context of the emerging global world economy.  Winegarden Visiting Professors will be expected to spend a significant amount of time on our campus during the fall or winter semester.  They will teach and/or interact with classes, participate in meetings with students and faculty, conduct lectures for students, faculty, staff and the community, offer seminars and colloquia for faculty, etc.

Candidates for this Visiting Professorship need not hold a traditional faculty appointment; however, they should be nationally or internationally acclaimed for their professional work.  The Provost, in consultation with the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, will appoint a faculty selection committee to determine the successful nomination.

The open window to submit applications normally occurs in the spring and will be announced by the Office of the Provost.  To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and mail the completed form to Sue Fabbro, Office of the Provost, sefabbro@umflint.edu, 229 University Pavilion.  The only supporting documentation needed is a brief biographical sketch and a statement addressing the question, “How would the nominee contribute to the understanding of and appreciation for the sciences and humanities in the context of the emerging global world economy?”  Please contact the nominee to be sure they would be interested in coming to our campus and to get a sense of the remuneration they would need.  Recipients typically spend the equivalent of one month on campus, which could occur by several visits during the semester or an extended stay.

Previous Winegarden Professors

Dr. Jürgen Wolter 2013-2014
Dr. James Elkins  2012-2013
Dr. Kenneth Waltzer  2011-2012
Christopher Paul Curtis - 2009
Tariq Ali - 2008
Will Power - 2007

Winegarden Nomination Form