Tobi Jacobi gave a keynote on research sustainability and ethics highlighting her prison work in the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program at Syracuse University. She also began work on 20th Century prison narratives from the New York Training School for Girls with the non-profit Prison Public Memory Project in Hudson, NY in mid-May.
Tobi Jacobi gave a presentation on developing self-care strategies for volunteers working in jail/prison writing programs at recent workshop on “Innovations in Prison” sponsored by UCLA and the UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Tobi Jacobi’s critical essay (co-authored with Wendy Wolters Hinshaw) on Eve Ensler’s documentary about women writers at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility has been accepted by Feminist Formations, a journal of the National Women’s Studies Association.
Tobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, and Laura Rogers (Rhetoric/Composition scholar at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) were awarded a 2014 CCCC Research Initiative grant in support of their archival project, “(Re)Writing Lila: Literacy Narratives of Reform from the New York State Training School for Girls, 1920-1970.”
Ten of our English Department colleagues took part in “Your Vision, Our Focus: Experience CSU,” a writing event for high-achieving Colorado high school seniors worth $6,000 in scholarship money, on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Thank you to Tony Becker, Ellen Brinks, Pam Coke, Ashley Davies, Katie Hoffman, Zach Hutchins, Tobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, Jeremy Proctor, and Leif Sorensen for giving of their time and their talent for this important event.
Tobi Jacobi presented a paper at the Feminisms and Rhetorics biannual conference at Stanford University on the challenge of an activist approach to prison literacy work. In the Stanford Library archives she also discovered 230 boxes of unexamined letters to Angela Davis and that the Black Panther Party wanted their female members to wear bras.
Tobi Jacobi and co-editor, Ann Folwell Stanford (DePaul University) signed a 2014 book contract with Rowman and Littlefield for their edited collection on incarceration, writing, and women.
Tobi Jacobi was a guest teacher/writer at the Penned Thoughts Writers’ Workshop at the Oregon State Prison in Salem, OR in July.
Tobi Jacobi presented a paper on prison writing at the 4th Annual “Experiencing Prison” Global Conference in Prague, Czech Republic on May 14th, 2013.
SpeakOut spring journal launched Monday, May 6, 7pm at the Wild Boar (teen writers) & Wednesday, May 8, 6:30pm at the Larimer County Detention Center. Please contact Tobi Jacobi for more information.