Caroline Light presents: How did Self-Defense turn into Stand Your Ground?

Friday, December 1, following Shabbat services

(approximately 7:30 pm) – Human Rights Shabbat
Co-sponsored by Protect Minnesota and Jewish Community Action.

This lecture and discussion will be based on Dr. Light’s recent book, Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense (Beacon Press, 2017). This book provides a critical genealogy of armed citizenship. Beginning with the centuries-old adage “a man’s home is his castle,” she tracks the history of our nation’s relationship to lethal self-defense, from the duty to retreat to the “shoot first, ask questions later” ethos that prevails in many jurisdictions today. Her work reveals how contemporary appeals to “stand your ground” mask an exclusionary commitment to security for the few, at the expense of the many.

Caroline Light is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She has a doctorate in history, and her work explores the ways in which race, gender, and region shape collective (mis)memory and archival silence.

A University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies Lecture

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