Grassroots organizer and scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore to deliver Carleton convocation

In her presentation, “Meanwhile: Making Abolition Geography,” she will seek to transform how people think about criminal justice.

Leander Cohen ’22 21 October 2020 Posted In:
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Photo by Amaal Said)

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, a scholar and grassroots organizer, will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Oct. 23, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. over Zoom. In her presentation, “Meanwhile: Making Abolition Geography,” she will seek to transform how people think about criminal justice.

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Gilmore currently serves as professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is the author of the award-winning book, “Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California,” which explores how political and economic forces produced California’s prison boom. Her newest book, “Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition,” is expected in February.  

Gilmore is also a grassroots organizer and activist. She is the co-founder of the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environment Justice Network, and has lectured throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

One of the world’s preeminent scholars on prisons, punishment, and policing, Gilmore has received a number of honors, including the American Studies Association Angela Y. Davis Award for Public Scholarship (2012), the Association of American Geographers Lifetime Achievement Award (2020), and, along with Angela Davis, the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Cultural Freedom Prize.

She received her BA from Swarthmore College and her PhD in economic geography and social theory from Rutgers University.

This convocation is part of Carleton’s Argument and Inquiry Seminar program and is sponsored by the Class of 1957 Visiting Scholars Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.