Five years ago, the DHC held an event to discuss the history of white privilege and the incarceration system in America. With COVID-19 hitting Chicago's communities of color and especially black communities the hardest, join us as we re-open the discussion of racial bias in America.
There are more African American men in prison or on probation today in the United States than were enslaved in this country in 1850. The institutions around us shift and change their faces, but the ideology driving them seems to remain constant, with white privilege at the heart of the American experiment. A greater focus on education is often argued to be one possible solution, but this overlooks the way in which the institutions of education participate in the same ideology. If, as Foucault would tell us, discipline is about the way in which institutions and practices embody power, forcing subjects to become appropriate inhabitants of those institutions and practices, then how are we to go about rethinking the current institutions of discipline that seem to be designed to create docile bodies-of-color and perpetuate white privilege? Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion of these important issues as we conclude our yearlong programming series, “CondemNation: Justice, Prison, Punishment, Persecution.”
Monday, June 15, 2020