IN RECENT YEARS, AMERICA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS BECOME the subject of an increasingly urgent debate. Critics have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. As James Forman, Jr., points out, however, the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers. In his new book, Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand why.
Events & Workshops
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Fitts Auditorium, Golkin Hall Lower Level
3501 Sansom Street (Penn Law)
Cosponsored by: The Penn Law School, The Center for Africana Studies, Penn Political Science, Penn DCC, Penn Social Policy and Practice, The Quattrone Center, and Penn Urban Studies
Moderator: Camille Z. Charles (Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, Penn)
Commentators: Regina Austin (William A. Schnader Professor of Law, Penn Law); Michael Javen Fortner (CUNY Urban Studies); and Marie Gottschalk (Penn Political Science)
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Abstracts and full papers are available here.AS THE CULMINATION of a year of meetings to refine their research projects, the DCC undergraduate research fellows present their projects in a one-day conference, with topics that include the career of John Dickinson, healthcare in Uganda, police reform in Northern Ireland, populist paranoia during the Gilded Age, the media treatment of free speech issues after 1960, midwives in South Africa, imperialism in ancient Athens, the desegregation of the University of Pennsylvania, the 1920 Cushendall Incident in Northern Ireland, and the construction of U.S. homelessness policies after 1980.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Daniel Platt (American Studies, Brown University)
“From Contract to Status: Property Exemption in Nineteenth-Century American Law"
Tesalia Rizzo (Political Science, MIT)
“When Clients Exit: Consequences of Programmatic Access to the State on Citizen Political Behavior and Clientelistic Structures"
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
ALTHOUGH THE PRIVILEGES AND PROTECTIONS PROVIDED by the state are never entirely secure, there are those whose gender, sexual, and racial positioning give them an especially precarious hold on both the legal and symbolic rights of citizenship. In its 2017 Annual Conference, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge. Participating Scholars include Erez Aloni (Whittier Law School), Mishuana Goeman (UCLA), Samantha Majic (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Paul Mepschen (Universiteit Van Amsterdam), Charles Mills (Northwestern University), Michael Rembis (University at Buffalo), Tracy Robinson (University of the West Indies at Mona), and Kimberly Theidon (Tufts University).