Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall, Room 120

In April, The New York Times Magazine ran a powerful profile of Ruth Wilson Gilmore, who has spent the past three decades advocating for prison abolition, which, for Gilmore, “means not just the closing of prisons but the presence, instead, of vital systems of support that many communities lack,” writes Rachel Kushner. Throughout the piece, Kushner describes how Gilmore—who earned her PhD at the age of 47 and then went on to more or less single-handedly invent the field of “carceral geography”—has strategically built coalitions among existing social movements in order to stop the building of new prisons and stem the tide of mass incarceration that she describes in her seminal book, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007).

Professor of Geography in the doctoral program of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at The Graduate Center at CUNY, Gilmore will deliver the final Katz Lecture of 2019-2020.

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