Event Details

McGinty Lecture: Heather Ann Thompson

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Event Type: Academic Events, Public Event

Audience: Public

In 1971, nearly 1,300 men took over one of the nation's most infamous prisons, the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. That historic uprising to secure basic human rights was met with deadly force, and for the next 45 years the story of how such trauma could have taken place was hidden from the public. In "The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today," historian Heather Ann Thompson will share the story of this dramatic rebellion, its tragic end and the depth of the coverup that followed it. Knowing this history, she suggests, shines needed new light on why we have more people locked up in the United States today than any other country on the globe.

Following the lecture, Thompson will sign copies of her book "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy," with onsite sales of the book available.

"Blood in the Water" won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize and the J. Willard Hurst Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other accolades. Thompson 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 the subject. She has written on the history of mass incarceration and its current impact for The New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Newsweek, NBC, Dissent, New Labor Forum and The Huffington Post, as well as for various top scholarly publications.


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