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EIHS Symposium: Attica and Foucault: A Conversation on Heather Ann Thompson's "Blood in the Water"

Heather Ann Thompson, University of Michigan; Bernard Harcourt, Columbia Law School
Friday, November 3, 2017
1:00-3:00 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
In 1972, the French philosopher Michel Foucault visited Attica in upstate New York. Though engaged in prison reform in his native France, this was the first penitentiary the author of Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1977) was able to enter. In the United States, Attica unfailingly conjures up memories of one of the deadliest prison uprisings in American history–the subject of a penetrating and celebrated new study by Heather Ann Thompson (Afroamerican and African Studies, Residential College, History; University of Michigan). Our panel aims at bringing these prison histories into dialogue.

Professor Thompson’s interlocutor, Bernard Harcourt, is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. A political theorist with a focus on penal practices and the police state, he edited Foucault’s works on punitive society and counts among the theorists of the police state.

Link below to read the interview Foucault gave after his visit to Attica Prison, published in Social Justice in 1991. Hard copies of this interview are available in the Eisenberg Institute (1521 Haven Hall).

This event is co-sponsored by the Political Theory Workshop and the Department of Political Science.

This event is part of the Friday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: African American, History, Law, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History, Department of Political Science