Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore: “Industrialized Punishment: Charting the Current Crisis in Racial Capitalism”
April 14, 2017 4:30PM
Conference Registration Required

On April 14th, Professor Ruth Wilson Gilmore will be delivering the keynote for Students for Prison Education and Reform’s Annual Conference. Professor Gilmore’s talk will be entitled “Industrialized Punishment: Charting the Current Crisis in Racial Capitalism.”

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, and American Studies, and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Among her many publications is the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. She writes on racial capitalism, organized violence, organized abandonment, changing state structure, revolutionary and other oppositional formations, the African diaspora, infrastructure, and extraction. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. She is a past president of the American Studies Association, and co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Gilmore has won many awards– including the Angela Y. Davis Award for Public Scholarship (ASA), the Harold Rose Award for Anti-Racist Sch olarship (AAG), and the inaugural Eugene Grant Distinguished Scholar in Social Justice Prize from Purchase College, State University of New York.

Professor Gilmore’s keynote lecture will open SPEAR's annual conference, which brings together over 200 participants from various universities and advocacy groups for a weekend of lectures, panels, and activist workshops centered around the issues of criminal justice, mass incarceration, and prison education. Past speakers have included Professor Marie Gottschalk, Chris Hedges, Marc Mauer, Victoria Law, Shaun King, Sister Helen Prejean, and Eugene Jarecki. This year, SPEAR’s conference, Towards Abolition: Dismantling the Carceral State, will explore the theme of prison abolition, alongside restorative justice and alternatives to incarceration. SPEAR aims to create a space at Princeton for students, faculty, and community members to envision and develop advocacy strategies for a completely different kind of criminal justice system. For more information about the conference, which will take place April 14-15, please visit: To register for the conference, please visit:

Professor Gilmore’s visit and programming associated with SPEAR’s 2017 conference are made possible by the Programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies and American Studies, the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Office of Religious Life, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and others.