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POSTPONED: Crack Attack: Los Angeles and the Forgotten History of America's War on Drugs

**This event has been postponed**

 

In collaboration with CMASS Black Heritage Month 2017, the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series presents a talk by award-winning historian and public intellectual Donna Murch.

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of the award-winning book, Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (The University of North Carolina Press, 2010), and the forthcoming Assata Taught Me: State Violence, Mass Incarceration, and the Movement for Black Lives (Haymarket Books, June 2017)

Professor Donna Murch’s teaching and research specializations are historical studies of mass incarceration/war on drugs, Black Power and Civil Rights, California, social movements, and postwar U.S. cities. She is currently completing a new trade press book entitled Crack in Los Angeles: Policing the Crisis and the War on Drugs, which explores the militarization of law enforcement, the social history of drug consumption and sale, and the political economy of mass incarceration in late twentieth century California.

Murch has published articles in the Journal of American HistoryJournal of Urban HistoryOAH Magazine of HistoryBlack ScholarSoulsPerspectivesNew Politics, and Jacobin. The award winning film maker Stanley Nelson’s Black Panther Party documentary, “Vanguard of the Revolution” featured her research and Murch’s recent essay, “Ferguson’s Inheritance,” on the historical continuities between the Watts rebellion and protests in the St. Louis metro area reached a broader audience beyond traditional academic venues. In addition to appearing in more popular publications, Murch co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Urban History on mass incarceration and urban spaces for the September 2015 issue. While working on a new book on the Reagan Era drug war in Los Angeles, Professor Murch is also completing an edited volume on the late twentieth carceral state entitled Challenging Punishment: Race and the War on Drugs.


FREE PARKING in the UMass Campus Center Garage. Parking vouchers will be provided at the event.

Wheelchair accessible. Young people of all ages are welcome. There will be a kids area with crayons in the event space.


This event is offered as part of the Department of History's 2016-17 Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, titled "The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration." This year's series explores how state violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization have transformed the U.S. economy, culture and society. It features more than a dozen panels, performances, gallery exhibitions, and lectures by the nation's leading scholars, artists and activists. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.