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Orisanmi Burton: "Tip of the Spear: Revolutionary Organizing and Counterinsurgency in New York State Prisons"

In this talk, Orisanmi Burton analyzes the prison as a form of counterinsurgency warfare. He traces how, beginning in the early 1970s, the massive growth and development of the New York State prison system has occurred in response to revolutionary, anti-racist organizing inside and outside prison walls. Burton provides a critical theoretical framework for understanding prisons as war and for apprehending the ways in which contemporary prison protocols are designed to prevent radical political consciousness, outside solidarity, and struggle.

Orisanmi Burton is Assistant Professor of anthropology at American University. His work has been published in North American Dialog, Cultural Anthropology online, and he has forthcoming publications in The Black Scholar and PoLAR. Dr. 

Poster art by Adam Maida. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Rush Rhees Library, Humanities Center Conference Room D
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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Lectures and Talks


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humanities, Anthropology

Humanities Center, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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