[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: Decarceration Speakers Events

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Mon Oct 8 15:18:44 EDT 2018

Emilye Crosby
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> Subject: Decarceration Speakers Events
> Date: October 8, 2018 at 12:28:22 PM EDT
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> Wednesday, October 17th, Humanities Center D, 5:00 pm
> Orisanmi Burton: "Tip of the Spear: Revolutionary Organizing and Counterinsurgency in New York State Prisons"
> In this talk, Orisanmi Burton analyzes the prison as a form of counterinsurgency warfare. He traces how, beginning in the early 1970s, the massive growth and development of the New York State prison system has occurred in response to revolutionary, anti-racist organizing inside and outside prison walls. Burton provides a critical theoretical framework for understanding prisons as war and for apprehending the ways in which contemporary prison protocols are designed to prevent radical political consciousness, outside solidarity, and struggle.
>  Orisanmi Burton is Assistant Professor of anthropology at American University. His work has been published in North American Dialog, Cultural Anthropology online, and he has forthcoming publications in The Black Scholar and PoLAR. Dr. Burton is an active member of the Critical Prison Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association and the Abolition Collective and is hard at work on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled The Tip of the Spear, which analyzes the historical development of the radical movement in men prisons throughout New York State from 1963 to the present.
> Wednesday, October 24th, Humanities Center D, 5:00 pm
> Alison Griffiths, "Looking Out and Looking In: Prison Communities Through the Prism of Film"
> Cinema has long served both to offer inmates glimpses of a changing world beyond prison walls and to give non-incarcerated audiences access to an often-mythologized and marginalized institution. Using New York’s Auburn and Sing Sing prisons as case studies, this talk examines how the history of film provides an entry point to the complex history of the relations between prisons and their local and regional communities, a history that adds immeasurably to our understanding of the legacy of mass incarceration.
> Alison Griffiths is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at Baruch College, the City University of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.  An early cinema historian and visual studies scholar, she is the author of the multiple award-winning Wondrous Difference:  Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture (Columbia, 2002), Shivers Down Your Spine:  Cinema, Museums, and the Immersive View (Columbia, 2008), and Carceral Fantasies:  Cinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America.  With the support of a Guggenheim, Huntington Library Fellowship, and an ACLS Project Development grant, she is finishing a book on expedition cinema and cultural geography from the interwar period.
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