Closing Reception for “In This Timeless Time,” and Author Presentation, at UNC–Chapel Hill, November 28 & 29

Doyle “Skeet” Skillern. Put to death, January 16, 1985. Photograph by Bruce Jackson.

On September 1, 2012, through the fall semester, an exhibit featuring photographs from In This Timeless Time: Living & Dying on Death Row in America, an award-winning book by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian published by the Center for Documentary Studies and UNC Press, will be on view at UNC–Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS). Jackson’s black-and-white photos were taken in 1979 during his and Christian’s fieldwork for an earlier book and documentary film, Death Row, illustrating life on cell block J in Ellis Unit of the Texas Department of Corrections. As the authors write in their preface, In This Timeless Time is about “life on Death Row in Texas, the special prison within a prison the state maintains for men it plans to put to death. It is also about all the other Death Rows, which across time and in various places differ in marginal ways but which, at their core, are not significantly different from one another.”

Related events:

Closing reception
Wednesday, November 28, 5:30 p.m.
Center for the Study of the American South
410 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Presentation by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian
Thursday, November 29, 4:30 p.m.
Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, 039 Graham Memorial Hall
218 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jackson and Christian will make this presentation on documentary photography and the realities of capital punishment as part of CSAS’s Hutchins Lecture Series, and will  be introduced by CSAS senior associate director Bill Ferris and Center for Documentary Studies director Tom Rankin.

Bruce Jackson is James Agee Professor of American Culture and SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of numerous books and films.

Diane Christian, a poet, scholar of religious literature, and documentarian, is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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