Jeff Smith Public Lecture

East Meets West in Deep South: Stories of Prisoners in Search of Peace and Redemption
Dr. Jenny Phillips

Sunday, May 16, 2010: 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Cal Poly Pomona, Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major

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Event will feature Dhamma Brothers, a documentary about human potential and transformation as it closely follows the stories of prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility, the first maximum security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana meditation retreat lasting ten days.

The documentary will be followed by Q & A with the film producer, Jenny Phillips, who will also deliver the 2010 Ahimsa Public Lecture named after Jeff Smith.

The Event will conclude with Reception. Copies of the book and the DVD will be available for purchase and Dr. Phillips will be with us for book/DVD signing.

Event is Free and Open to Public. Campus Parking $3.00
Email your registration by May 12, 2010.

Jenny Phillips is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and psychiatric nurse. For over fifteen years, Phillips has provided services in the mental health department of a large medical center in Concord, MA. Her specialties include crisis intervention, family therapy, behavioral medicine, and hypnotherapy.

Over the past ten years, she has worked with men in both state and county prisons, teaching courses on emotional literacy skills.  Based upon her experiences working with prisoners and recording their lives behind bars, Phillips wrote an article, Culture of Manhood in Prison, which was published in 2002 by the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

In 2008, Phillips released The Dhamma Brothers into movie theatres.
While working on the film, she received more than 200 letters from the Alabama prisoners documenting their lives in prison and their quest for inner peace. These collected letters were published in 2008 by Pariyatti Press as Letters From the Dhamma Brothers.

In 2002, Phillips and her husband, Frank, The Boston Globe's State House bureau chief, initiated a project in Cuba to restore the Cuban home and extensive documents of Ernest Hemingway. This historic project served as a unique shared endeavor sanctioned by both the U.S. and Cuban governments during a time of heightened political conflict. Jenny is the granddaughter of legendary editor Maxwell Perkins, who was both editor and close friend to Ernest Hemingway.

Contact: Professor Tara Sethia, Director, Ahimsa Center (909) 869-3868/3808.

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