Simpson Center for the Humanities

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, "Meanwhile: Making Abolition Geographies"

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

This lecture explores how visions of abolition guide and connect organizing across a range of social justice struggles. Examples highlight: environmental justice, public sector labor unions, farm workers, undocumented households, criminalized youth, and community based approaches to prevent and resolve gender and interpersonal violence. The vivid stories show that abolition is a practical program for urgent change based in the needs, talents, and dreams of vulnerable people.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A co-founder of many grassroots organizations including California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, she is working on several book projects. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Recent honors include the Association of American Geographers Lifetime Achievement Award (2020). Novelist Rachel Kushner profiled Gilmore in a New York Times Magazine feature on abolition (April 2019).