Thursday, February 24, 2011

"Imprisonment of a Race" Conference in NJ

On March 25, 2011, Princeton University is hosting a free conference titled Imprisonment of a Race. This one-day conference will focus on the prison system in both historical and present day contexts through the lens of race. Imprisonment of a Race will feature two panel discussions and a keynote conversation. Keynote speakers include Princeton Professor Cornel West and Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University and author of the recent book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." This event is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go here: http://www.princeton.edu/africanamericanstudies/events/imprisonment/register/

To raise awareness of prison issues in advance of the conference, Princeton is also holding a documentary film series. Unfortunately, the film series is only open to Princeton ID card holders, but here are the titles, which were new to me: "Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment" (2004), "Eastern State: Living Behind the Walls" (2008), and "Concrete Steel & Paint," (2009).

2 comments:

Emily said...

Juan Melendez, an exonerated death row inmate, also has an amazing film titled "Juan Melendez - 6445". It should be included on any prison film list and is an outstanding documentary account of Juan's arrest and 18 plus years of false imprisonment.

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