A Discussion with Author Melanie D. Newport
Thursday, December 1, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
This program will be held via Zoom.
Free and open to the public
Join Chicago Collections' Board Chair Ellen Keith, Director of Research and Access and Chief Librarian at the Chicago History Museum, in conversation with professor Melanie D. Newport, author of This Is My Jail: Local Politics and the Rise of Mass Incarceration. Newport's recently published book examines the history of jailing in Chicago focusing on how incarcerated people and their allies resisted and contested the transformation of American jails in the postwar era. Newport is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Connecticut-Hartford. She is an affiliated faculty in the American Studies and Urban and Community Studies programs. Copies of the book can be ordered from Penn Press.
This program is co-sponsored by the Black Metropolis Research Consortium and Chicago Collections Consortium.