Throughout September, the Geneseo History Department and Black Studies Program are co-sponsoring a series of events on the Attica Uprising and Why Mass Incarceration Matters. These events address local issues with national implications.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Heather Ann Thompson, professor of history at the University of Michigan, will deliver a lecture on the Attica Prison uprising of 1971. Her talk, “The Attica Prison Uprising and Why It Matters Today,” is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow.
Professor Thompson is an expert on the history of mass incarceration, and has written such well-received books as the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy” (Pantheon, 2016) and “Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor and Race in a Modern American City” (Cornell University Press, 2001), together with pieces for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Salon, Dissent, and New Labor Forum.