Unlocked: "Why Attica Matters"


Location: Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Heather Ann Thompson is a Pulitzer Prize winning historian on faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is the author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy as well as Whose Detroit?: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City, and she writes regularly on the history of policing, mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system for myriad scholarly and popular publications including The New York TimesThe Washington PostTimeThe Atlantic, and The New Yorker. Thompson has served on a National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel that studied the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States and has given congressional staff briefings on this subject. She currently runs the Carceral State Project at the University of Michigan and is on a Guggenheim Fellowship completing her next book on the long history of the MOVE Bombing 1985 in Philadelphia.

Reception to follow. This event is a part of the Unlocked: Understanding Mass Incarceration in the US series at the Center for Social Concerns.