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Three “Confronting Mass Incarceration” Book Events Conclude with Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

The events, sponsored by Milwaukee Turners, Boswell Books, and other partners, are free and open to the public.

By - Oct 20th, 2017 04:34 pm

“Confronting Mass Incarceration” is the theme behind a series of discussions and presentations by three authors deeply immersed in the politics and morality of America’s penal society. The events, sponsored by Milwaukee Turners, Boswell Books, and other partners, are free and open to the public.

“Wisconsin’s prison population is rising,” said Michael Morgan, who was secretary of the Department of Administration under former Gov. Jim Doyle. “We need to better understand the trend so we can undertake sensible, fiscally responsible reforms to reverse it.” Morgan is part of a coalition of groups and individuals working on the Confronting Mass Incarceration project.

Its goal is a 50% reduction in the state prison population in 10 years.

The three author presentations, as well as the separate earlier panel for each, relating the topic to Wisconsin, are as follows:

I. DANIEL KARPOWITZ,
Author of College in Prison: Reading in an Age of Mass Incarceration
Co-sponsored by Cardinal Stritch University
Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 pm – Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., MKE 53211

Also that same day, 4:00 pm panel discussion: “Is Doing Time a Waste of Time and Money?”* Compare to Malcolm X on reading in prison – “I had never been so truly free in my life.”
Downtown MATC Student Center, Room S120, 700 W. State St, Milwaukee 53233

II. JULILLY KOHLER-HAUSMANN
Author of Getting Tough: Welfare and Imprisonment in 1970s America
Monday, October 30 at 7:00 pm – Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave. , MKE 53211

Also that same day, 4:00 pm panel discussion: “Stoking Racism for Political Power: What Can Be Done?”*
Downtown MATC Student Center, Room S120, 700 W. State St, Milwaukee 53233

III. FRANK P. ZEIDLER MEMORIAL LECTURE
Co-sponsored by the Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture Committee

HEATHER ANN THOMPSON
Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, which also was a finalist for the National Book Award and included on 14 “Best of 2016” lists. Dr. Thompson has also written extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration, and the criminal justice system. This event will include a talk by Dr. Thompson, followed by an audience Q & A.
Monday, November 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1038 N. 4th St. , Milwaukee 53203

Also Sunday, November 5, 3:00 pm: panel discussion with the author: “What the State Hides: How Can Democracy Work Without the Facts?”*
Location: Turner Hall Restaurant, 1038 N. 4th St., Milwaukee 53203

*For more information, including on the panelists, see the Confronting Mass Incarceration or Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall pages on Facebook, or www.milwaukeeturners.org.

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