Lecture: 'US Neoslavery: A History of the Prison Industrial Present'
October 13, 2016
4:00 pm-6:30 pm
Room: Bernie Dallas Room
UMass Amherst Campus
Dennis Childs is associate professor of African American literature and an affiliate faculty member of the department of ethnic studies and critical gender studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He currently serves as director of UCSD's African American studies program, and faculty advisor for Students Against Mass Incarceration, a student-organized prison abolitionist organization.
Childs is the author of a recently published book entitled, “Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary” (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), a work of cultural history that deals with the connections between chattel slavery and black prison slavery from the late 19th century through the prison industrial complex.
As a scholar-activist, Childs has worked with various prison abolitionist and social justice organizations including Critical Resistance, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, All of Us or None, and the Chicano Mexicano Prison Project. In terms of research posts, most recently he was scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, and a recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship in African American literature at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.