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Detroit School Series: Unmaking the Motor City in the Age of Mass Incarceration

February 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Detroit, Michigan, once the center of a major metropolis, is today but a shell of its former self. Its decline has paralleled a stunning rise in urban incarceration rates resulting from a national war on crime. In this lecture, Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, professor of history at Temple University, makes the case that the criminalization of urban space and the imposition of lengthy prison terms have significantly undermined the viability of Detroit and cities like it. She argues that we can only understand and resolve the crisis facing Detroit by first reckoning with the social and spatial fallout from the politics and policies of mass incarceration. Light refreshments will be served at this event.

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February 8, 2013
4:00 pm