Date: March 8
Lisa M. Corrigan, Ph.D., will present a lecture titled: “The Old Jim Crow and The New Jim Crow: Tracing the Contours of Black Incarceration” in conjunction with a discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Dr. Corrigan is an Assistant Professor of Communication, Co-Chair of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. Her research focuses on the relationship between the Black Power movement in the United States and the Cuban Revolution via the prison writings of the movement activists. Her writings have appeared in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Women & Language, Communication Quarterly, The National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing (forthcoming), and Intertexts (forthcoming). Her book is tentatively titled, Prison Power: How Prison Politics Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation, and is under contract with the University of Alabama Press in its “Rhetoric, Culture and Social Critique” series. Dr. Corrigan teaches courses in the Rhetoric of Social Movements, the Rhetoric of Black Women, Feminist Theories and Texts, and Communication and Gender.
Dr. Corrigan's lecture traces the history of incarceration and forced labor from slavery to Civil Rights in the American South. In her lecture she discusses the creation of the modern penitentiary in the American South as well as its expansion to understand how the prison replaced the slave economy.