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'Between the Ivory Tower and the Prison' symposium to examine mass incarceration

"Between the Ivory Tower and the Prison: Recent Public Scholarship on Mass Incarceration," a showcase of scholars producing work on crime and punishment in the United States, will be Thursday, Sept. 28, and Friday, Sept. 29, on campus.

Daniel LaChance, assistant professor of history, who is organizing the event series, describes the scholarship as “creative, unconventional and aimed at broad audiences.”

On Thursday, Sept. 28, speakers will be:

  • Keramet Reiter, assistant professor in criminology, law and society at the University of California at Irvine, discusses her new book, “23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement,” at 10 a.m. in Emory's School of Medicine, Room 178P.
  • Paul Kaplan, associate professor of criminal justice in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University, speaks on "The Art/Crime Archive," an Internet-based forum for the study of art, culture and crime that he co-founded, at 2 p.m. also in Emory's School of Medicine, Room 178P.
  • Brett Story, writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker, will speak and answer questions about her documentary, “The Prison in Twelve Landscapes,” following a screening of the film at 5 p.m. in the Candler School of Theology’s Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252.

On Friday, Sept. 29, all three scholars will participate in a panel discussion aimed at graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. The topic will be "Preparing for a Career as a Public Intellectual."

"Between the Ivory Tower and the Prison” is sponsored by the Laney Graduate School's New Thinkers/New Leaders Fund, the Hightower Fund, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, and the Department of History.

For more information, contact LaChance or visit the Facebook event page.

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