2014 Archives

SMU Psychologist’s 'The Darkest Hour'

Co-written with former death row inmate Nanon M. Williams

September 3, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) — SMU psychologist and conflict resolution specialist Betty Gilmore will be guest speaker at a Sept. 10 event celebrating the release of a new book co-written with former death row inmate Nanon M. Williams: The Darkest Hour: Shedding Light on the Impact of Isolation and Death Row in Texas Prisons (GoodMediaPress, 2014).

The Darkest Hour bookcoverThe event, from 7 to 9 p.m. at SMU Meadow School of the Arts’ O’Donnell Hall, will feature discussion of the book’s subject matter, a related video, a keynote address by Frans Douw, Governor of Prisons from Holland, and other special guests. An RSVP is required by contacting info@goodmediapress.com; seating is limited.

The Darkest Hour sheds light on the widespread impact of extreme isolation experienced by thousands of incarcerated individuals in Texas prisons, with in-depth view of the the state prison system with a specific focus on death row and solitary confinement.

Gilmore is director and faculty member for the Center for Dispute Resolution at SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, where she teaches in both the counseling and dispute resolution graduate programs. She has extensive experience working with under-represented groups and creating opportunities for people marginalized in society. 

Co-author Williams is a human rights activist and author of five death row-related books. Wrongfully convicted of murder at 17, he spent 22 years wrongfully imprisoned until in 2005 his death sentence was commuted to a life sentence, where he continues to fight for his freedom.

For more details about the book, visit TheDarkestHourBook.com.