Geographer and Prison Abolition Activist to Discuss 'Organized Abandonment' at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Discussion Series sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) will present a talk by geographer and prison abolition activist Ruth Wilson Gilmore on Thursday, April 24. She will discuss “Organized Abandonment and the Infrastructure of Feeling” at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Gilmore is a professor of geography and director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is known as an activist, whose wide-ranging research interests include race and gender, labor and social movements, economic geography, and the African diaspora.

Her 2007 book, “Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California,” was honored with the Lora Romero First Book Award by the American Studies Association. Earlier this year, the Association of American Geographers recognized Gilmore with the 2014 Harold M. Rose Award, which honors scholars who lead social change for African Americans.

Gilmore has been involved with a number of grassroots organizations. She is a founding member of the California Prison Moratorium Project and of Critical Resistance, which seeks to dismantle the prison-industrial complex, and a past president of the Central California Environmental Justice Network. She serves on the boards of scholarly journals and community organizations, and is a visiting professor at Maumaus School of Visual Arts in Lisbon.

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore will discuss “Organized Abandonment and the Infrastructure of Feeling” as part of the CSCRE Discussion Series.