Past Projects

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Death Penalty and the Victims

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has just published Death Penalty and the Victims, which “includes perspectives from a broad range of victims. While some of them are family members of crime victims, others are victims of human rights violations in application of the death penalty, of its brutality and traumatic effects. […]

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The Darkest Hour

In 2014, Texas After Violence board member Betty Gilmore co-authored The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons with Nanon M. Williams. The Darkest Hour  “sheds light on the widespread impact of extreme isolation experienced by thousands of incarcerated individuals in Texas prisons — many of whom […]

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Community Conversations

TAVP is committed to hosting or participating in conversations, gatherings, and conferences in communities in Texas and beyond to both expand oral history and narrative into the public sphere and activate our archive by encouraging various audiences to engage with the stories of those directly affected by violence. Recent community events include a storytelling circle with families of executed people, a dialogue and peacebuilding gathering with local high school students, and a public conversation with author Susannah Sheffer about her recent book, Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys.

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TAVP In the Classroom: International School of the Americas

TAVP regularly collaborates with educators at a variety of institutions. From St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, to the University of Texas at Austin, to Southwestern University, to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, we’ve marveled at the creative ways educators have incorporated our archived materials into their lesson plans. In Fall 2014, TAVP collaborated with […]

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One-on-One

One-on-One features recorded conversations on a range of topics pertinent to our work: theory and praxis of oral history; storytelling; the criminal justice system in Texas; restorative justice and restorative dialogue; conflict transformation; victims’ services in Texas; death penalty history and jurisprudence; Texas history, and more. While our oral history interviews follow the life history method, these interviews are generally briefer and more focused. We engage our interviewees in reflective conversation on topics related to their interests and expertise. You can find clips from these conversations here on our YouTube channel.

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Prison Guards and the Death Penalty

When we think about the people affected by the death penalty, we may not think about guards on death rows. But these officials, whether they oversee prisoners awaiting execution or participate in the execution itself, can be deeply affected by their role in helping to put a person to death.