St. Lawrence University Mackay Lecture to Discuss Abolition and Decolonization

CANTON, New York — St. Lawrence University will host Lisa Guenther who will deliver this year’s Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lecture from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in Carnegie Hall, room 10. The lecture is free and open to the public.        

Queen’s National Scholar in Political Philosophy and Critical Prison Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Guenther is the author of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives and co-editor of Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration. From 2012 to 2017, she facilitated a discussion group with men on death row in Tennessee called REACH Coalition. She is currently researching the relationship between slavery, settler colonialism, and incarceration in Canada and the United States.  

The Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial Lectureship fund was established in 1980 by Donald and Lottie Mackay in memory of their daughter, Kathryn Fraser Mackay ’77, and supports lectures coordinated by the religious studies and philosophy departments.

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About St. Lawrence University
Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit


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March 1, 2019


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