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Saturday, January 27, 2018
3:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Free and open to the public


Seminary Co-op Bookstore

(773) 752-4381


Toussaint Losier discusses his book, "Rethinking the American Prison Movement." He will be joined in conversation by Michael Dawson.

At the Co-op.

About the book: "Rethinking the American Prison Movement" (Routledge) provides a short, accessible overview of the transformational and ongoing struggles against America’s prison system. Dan Berger and Toussaint Losier show that prisoners have used strikes, lawsuits, uprisings, writings, and diverse coalitions with free-world allies to challenge prison conditions and other kinds of inequality. From the forced labor camps of the nineteenth century to the rebellious protests of the 1960s and 1970s to the rise of mass incarceration and its discontents, "Rethinking the American Prison Movement" is invaluable to anyone interested in the history of American prisons and the struggles for justice still echoing in the present day.

About the author: Dr. Toussaint Losier is an Assistant Professor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He sits on the advisory board of the university’s W. E. B. Du Bois Center and is currently a visiting scholar at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. Dr. Losier holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago, with his research focusing on grassroots responses to the postwar emergence of mass incarceration in Chicago. At UMass Amherst, he teaches courses on African American History, Black Politics, Criminal Justice law and policy, and transnational social movements. His writing has been published or is pending in "Souls," "Radical History Review," "Journal of American History," "Journal of Urban History," "Wayne Law Review," "Race & Class," and "Social Justice." He is co-author of "Rethinking the American Prison Movement" (Routledge, 2017) with Dan Berger and preparing a book manuscript tentatively titled, "War for the Cities: Mass Incarceration, Black Liberation and the Remaking of the Carceral State."

About the interlocutor: Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Dawson received his doctorate degree from Harvard. He has directed numerous public opinion studies that focus on race and public opinion. His research interests include black political behavior and public opinion, political economy, and black political ideology. More recently he has combined his quantitative work with work in political theory. His first two books, "Behind the Mule: Race and Class in African-American Politics" and "Black Visions: The Roots of Contemporary African-American Political Ideologies," won multiple awards. Recent books include "Not In Our Lifetimes: The Future of Black Politics," and "Blacks In and Out of the Left."