Annenberg School of Communication, 3620 Walnut Street - ASC Room 500
The Prison Industrial Complex in flux: race, gender, sexuality, and place today
by Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The Graduate Center, CUNY
In the past few years numerous prison and jail authorities have reduced the number of people locked up in response to a variety of pressures including budgets, court orders, and advocacy. What explains these changes? What kinds of situations are people -- citizen and non-citizen, documented and undocumented -- facing as the archipelago of lockups is exposed to greater critical scrutiny. How have abolitionists figured in bringing about major changes? What does abolitionist work look like on the ground today?
Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Author of numerous articles, chapters, and interviews, her prize-winning book is Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. She is a co-founder of The California Prison Moratorium Project of Critical Resistance, and a founder and past president of the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Before moving to the Graduate Center she taught and was founding Chair in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.