Guenther to present Jerry Jackson Lecture on campus Oct. 11

Lisa Guenther, author of the book “Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives,” will visit Western Carolina University to speak as part of the Jerry Jackson Lecture in the Humanities series.

Lisa Guenther

Guenther’s lecture is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and will address the topic “The Living Death of Solitary Confinement.” In her talk, Guenther plans to sketch the argument from her book, which is based on the testimony of prisoners in solitary confinement indicating that prolonged isolation has profound effects on a person’s sense of time, space and identity, leaving scars that last a lifetime.

Formerly an associate professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, Guenther moved back to her native Canada this year.

Guenther also will visit WCU philosophy and criminal justice classes during her visit, which is sponsored by WCU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors College.

For more information, contact John F. Whitmire, head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, at 828-227-7262 or