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2009 Events

October 9, 2009: Marc Mauer
The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment

Marc Mauer is the executive director of the Sentencing Project, a national non-profit organization engaged in research advocacy on criminal justice policy. Mauer has written extensively and testified before Congress and other legislative bodies. His critically acclaimed book, Race to Incarcerate, was named a semifinalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and he is the coeditor of Invisible Punishment, a collection of essays that examine the social costs of incarceration. Mauer frequently lectures before a broad range of national and international audiences, appears regularly on television and radio networks, and is an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University. Mauer is the recipient of the Donald Cressey Award for contributions to criminal justice research, the Alfred Lindesmith Award for drug policy scholarship, and the Maud Booth Award for correctional services.   

November 20, 2009: Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Life in Hell: Incarcerations and the City, 1980-2008

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, and Geography, at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She received the BA and MFA in Dramatic Literature and Criticism from Yale, and the PhD in Geography from Rutgers. In addition to Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California, recent publications include "Race, Prisons, and War: Scenes from the History of U.S. Violence", and "Forgotten Places and the Seeds of Grassroots Planning". She serves on the board of the Economic Roundtable, she is a founding member of the anti-prison groups California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance, and past-president of the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Awards include an NEA Grant, a Soros Senior Justice Fellowship, the James Blaut Award for Critical Geography, the Ralph Santiago Abascal Award for Economic and Environmental Justice, a Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate Students, and the Lora Romero Best Book Prize from the American Studies Association. President-elect of the American Studies Association, she lives in Lisbon and Los Angeles.

October 9-10, 2009:
Food, Energy, Environment: Crisis of the Modern World System

Co-sponsored by Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations Binghamton University and Development Sociology and the Polson Institute for Global Development, Cornell University Conversations in the Discipline

April 17-18, 2009:
Accumulating Insecurity, Securing Accumulation: Apprehending Everyday Life

April 3-4, 2009:
Visible Warnings: The Food Crisis in Global Perspective

Following a Polson Institute-sponsored visit by McMichael to participate in the Terra Preta Forum, as part of the Rome Summit on the Food Crisis in June, 2008, a Food Crisis RWG was established in Fall 2008, to bring together facultyand students interested in the phenomenon of the food crisis. Two-weekly brown-bag meetings over the 2008-09 year focused on planning a conference on the food crisis in April 2009, which resulted in invitations to 15 scholars and NGO members (seven of whom were from the International Agricultural Trade Policy Network) from across the world. The conference, attended by over one hundred people, was jointly sponsored by the Einaudi Center for International Studies, and Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences. The keynote was delivered by Professor Tim Lang, from the Center for Food Policy, City University, London, with Per-Pinstrup-Andersen (Cornell) and Harriet Friedmann (Toronto) as respondents.  Click here to see the program.

March 6, 2009: Jason Moore
Origins of the Ecological Crisis

April 17, 2009: Neil Smith
Toxic Capitalism