Toussaint Losier - "Rethinking the American Prison Movement" - Michael Dawson

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Toussaint Losier

"Rethinking the American Prison Movement depicts the interplay of democracy, enslavement, and imprisonment. Its emphasis on the agency of the incarcerated, and the efficacy of solidarity activism, creates a critical framework for 'rethinking' advocacy and abolitionism. The battles, victories, and losses depicted here, in the violent histories of brutality and slavery, are essential reading for imagining, and fighting for, a future worthy of freedom." — Joy James, author of Seeking the "Beloved Community"

Toussaint Losier discusses his book, Rethinking the American Prison Movement. He will be joined in conversation by Michael Dawson.

At the Co-op.

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About the book: Rethinking the American Prison Movement (Routledge) provides a short, accessible overview of the transformational and ongoing struggles against America’s prison system. Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier show that prisoners have used strikes, lawsuits, uprisings, writings, and diverse coalitions with free-world allies to challenge prison conditions and other kinds of inequality. From the forced labor camps of the nineteenth century to the rebellious protests of the 1960s and 1970s to the rise of mass incarceration and its discontents, Rethinking the American Prison Movement is invaluable to anyone interested in the history of American prisons and the struggles for justice still echoing in the present day.

About the author: Dr. Toussaint Losier is an Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He sits on the advisory board of the university’s W. E. B. Du Bois Center and is currently a visiting scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. Dr. Losier holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, with his research focusing on grassroots responses to the postwar emergence of mass incarceration in Chicago. At UMass Amherst, he teaches courses on African American History, Black Politics, Criminal Justice law and policy, and transnational social movements. His writing has been published or is pending in SoulsRadical History ReviewJournal of American HistoryJournal of Urban History, Wayne Law ReviewRace & Class, and Social Justice. He is co-author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement (Routledge, 2017) with Dan Berger and preparing a book manuscript tentatively titled, War for the Cities: Mass Incarceration, Black Liberation and the Remaking of the Carceral State.

About the interlocutor: Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Dawson received his doctorate degree from Harvard. He has directed numerous public opinion studies that focus on race and public opinion. His research interests include black political behavior and public opinion, political economy, and black political ideology. More recently he has combined his quantitative work with work in political theory. His first two books, Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics and Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies, won multiple awards. Recent books include Not In Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics, and Blacks In and Out of the Left. Recently with Megan Ming Francis Dawson launched a nationwide, multi-university project to study the intersection of race and capitalism. Recent work from Dawson related to this project includes the 2016 articles in Public Culture (with Francis), and Critical Historical Studies. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Dawson was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006. In 2017 Dawson was the first awardee of the American Political Science Association’s Hanes Walton, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for the Study of Race and Ethnic Politics.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637