Imprisonment of a Race
This one-day conference will focus on the prison system in a historical and present day context through the lens of race. Imprisonment of a Race will feature two panel discussions and a keynote conversation. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is closed as of 3/22/11. Seating in McCosh 10 is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Simulcast available in McCosh 28, McCosh 46, and Computer Science Room 104.
Prior to the conference, we will host a documentary film series running on select Friday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm, open to Princeton University ID holders only. The films are intended to provide a knowledge base for attendees prior to the actual conference.
We are pleased to have Princeton University's Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies, Cornel West and Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, participate in the keynote conversation.
Media interested in attending the conference must contact Jennifer Loessy at the Center for African American Studies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. March 23.
Cosponsored by: Black Men's Awareness Group, Black Student Union, Carl A. Fields Center, Department of History, NAACP, Pace Center, Princeton Association Black Women, Princeton Caribbean Connection, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, University Center for Human Values, and the Woodrow Wilson School.
Schedule of Events
- 10:30-12:30pm — Panel Discussion #1
- 12:30pm-1:30pm — Lunch Break
- 1:30-2:00pm — Film Screening: Acts of Art
- 2:00-4:00 — Panel Discussion #2
- 4:00-4:30 — Break
- 4:30-6:00 — Keynote Conversation
- 6:00-6:15 — Closing Remarks
Panel Discussion #1 – Historical Panel
This panel will focus on the prison system of the 1970’s, political prisoners of the 1970’s
Moderator: Sarah Haley, Fellow, Center for African American Studies
- Caleb Smith, Associate Professor of English, Yale University
- Linn Washington, Associate Professor of Journalism, Temple University
- Joy A. James, Professor of the Humanities and of Political Science, Williams College, and Senior Research Fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin
- Khalil G. Muhammad, newly appointed director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Assistant Professor of American History, Indiana University
- Heather Ann Thompson, Associate Professor of History, Department of African American Studies and Department of History, Temple University
Panel Discussion #2 – Present Day Prison System
This panel will look at the present day prison system with a focus on racial profiling.
Moderator: Imani Perry, Professor, Center for African American Studies
- Mark Taylor, Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture, Department of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
- Khalilah Brown-Dean, Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Yale University
- Carla Shedd, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University
- Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project