Bonnie Foreshaw and Andy Thibault to Launch New Speaker Series at QVCC (2/11/16)
“Race, Class, Gender, and the American Justice System: A Personal Journey with Bonnie Foreshaw and Andy Thibault” will launch the first event in the Conversations at QV: Identity and Race speaker series on February 29, 2016. Sponsored by the Quinebaug Valley Community College Cultural Programming Committee and the Office of the President, Foreshaw and Thibault will speak at 9 a.m. in QVCC’s Willimantic Center, 729 Main Street, and at 12:30 p.m. in Room W100/101 at the Danielson campus, 742 Upper Maple Street. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Foreshaw served more than 27 years on a charge of premeditated murder of a woman she had never met. She received a clemency hearing and ultimately earned her freedom after Digital First Media published an unreleased memo that disclosed Foreshaw had received an unfair trial. Then public defender Jon Blue, now a Superior Court judge, argued that Foreshaw should have been convicted of manslaughter for an accidental shooting in self-defense. A contributor to the acclaimed prison journal collections Couldn’t Keep it to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, edited by best-selling author Wally Lamb, Foreshaw will discuss her struggles and personal growth.
Thibault first publicized the memo responsible for Foreshaw’s release in his Cool Justice blog and column in the New Haven Register. A well-known author, private investigator, and judicial activist, Thibault published Law and Justice in Everyday Life, and has been praised by historian Howard Zinn as being reminiscent "of the great muckrakers of the early 20th century.” Thibault’s second collection of columns, more COOL JUSTICE http://morecooljustice.com/ , opens with the chapter,“Breaking Bonnie Out.”