In collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, we are pleased to present an evening in conversation with Judith Adrian, co-author with DarRen Morris of In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart. Today’s discussion coincides with the closing reception for the exhibition DarRen Morris: Art and Redemption.
In this fictionalized biography, Judith and DarRen share stories of privilege and prison, hurt and heart: epistolary accounts of two people raised in the parallel universes of southeast Wisconsin and northeast Illinois. After serving three months on a fifteen year sentence, Judith’s father’s privilege allowed him to become a physician and medical researcher. Some of his subsequent research involved human experimentation with prisoners. At age 17, DarRen was sentenced to life in prison, with a first possible parole date set at 100 years. He has now served more than half of his life in Wisconsin maximum security prisons, becoming a Rastafarian and a uniquely talented artist.
Judith Adrian writes: “I teach undergraduate and graduate classes at Edgewood College, Madison, WI, and support the work toward holistic alternatives to incarceration. When I completed my Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993) in adult education, I understood that adult learning is about change and about the belief that all of us continue to grow throughout our lifespans (and beyond…who knows).”