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Why Mass Incarceration Matters in the United States

Why Mass Incarceration Matters in the United States
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108N
Time: Mar 20th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 20th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, United States Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Criminology
Lecture by Heather Ann Thompson, Temple University -- CANCELLED

The Centre for the Study of the United States is pleased to present:

Heather Ann Thompson, Temple University

Why Mass Incarceration Matters in the United States


Organized by the Centre for the Study of the United States, at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto.

In the last forty years, the United States has engaged in a massive War on Crime and War on Drugs that resulted in it incarcerating more of its citizens than any other country on the globe. In this talk, Heather Ann Thompson examines the origins of this punitive policy turn, as well as it far-reaching but under-appreciated consequences for American cities, the American economy, and the very foundation of American democracy.

Dr. Thompson is Professor of History at in the departments of African American Studies and History at Temple University (University of Michigan, fall 2015). Thompson writes about the history as well as current crises of mass incarceration for numerous popular and scholarly publications. Her work can be found in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Salon, Huffington Post, and Dissent, and she has appeared as well on NPR, Sirius  Radio,  and  various  television  news  programs  here  and  abroad. Several of  Thompson’s scholarly  pieces, including “Why Mass Incarceration Matters,”  have won best article awards, and her popular piece in The Atlantic, “How Prisons Change the Balance of Power in America,” was named a finalist for the Best Media Award given by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Thompson is a Soros Justice Fellow, sits on the board of the Prison Policy Initiative, and recently served as well on a National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel to study causes and consequences of incarceration in the U.S. Her books include: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Rebellion of 1971 and its Legacy {Pantheon Books, forthcoming); Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City; and the edited collection, Speaking Out: Protest and Activism in the 1960s and 1970s. Thompson was also named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.  To register, please click HERE.

For further information, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at (416) 946-8972.

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