April 5, 2007 – Ruth Wilson Gilmore: “The Prison Industrial Complex After 25 Years”

Thursday, April 5 / 4 PM / Oakes Mural Room

Providing a trenchant examination of California prisons, shifting patterns of capital investment and incarceration, and increases in punitive justice in the post-Civil Rights era, Ruth Wilson Gilmore will speak about her new book Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, a January 2007 release in the American Crossroads Series of the University of California Press.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is a member of the founding collective of Critical Resistance, one of the most important national anti-prison organizations in the United States. Trained as a geographer, Professor Gilmore is an expert in race and justice issues, and has been at USC since 2004.

Sponsored by the Critical Race Studies Research Cluster and the Sociology Department, with co-sponsorship by the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research, Stevenson College, and the Departments of Anthropology, Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Psychology