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The University and Carceral State

October 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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Racial violence embedded in carceral and policing institutions has emerged as a topic of renewed focus. What responsibilities does the University have in supporting calls to disband and/or defund policing and carceral institutions? What role does or should criminology play in challenging racialized violence relating to decarceral, anti-racist, decolonial initiatives? How should University institutions support decarceral, anti-racist, decolonial initiatives? Please join us to explore these important questions (and more!) with our expert panel.

Featuring renowned Indigenous Academic and Activist Pam Palmater and Criminologist Michelle Brown

Dr. Michelle Brown, Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee.  Her research focuses upon the carceral state; law & society; abolition and transformative justice; and counter-visual tactics in antiviolence organizing. Brown is the author of The Culture of Punishment; the co-editor of The Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture, and the Palgrave MacMillan Crime, Media and Culture Book Series.

Dr. Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, author and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation. She has four university degrees, including a doctorate in law. Pam has worked with First Nations for 25+ years advancing native education, sovereignty and nation building. She currently holds the position of Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

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The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University, located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.