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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Book about Attica to Visit RIT

August 27, 2017

Heather Thompson, the author of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, will give a public presentation at RIT on September 14, 2017.

The talk, to be held at 4 p.m. in Ingle Auditorium, will focus on the legacy of the Attica prison uprising and whys it matters today.

In the fall of 1971, 1,300 prisoners held guards and civilians hostage at the prison, in protest of mistreatment. Thirty-nine men died when the prison was forcibly retaken.

“Heather Ann Thompson’s prophetic analysis is a sobering reminder that we must all care about what is happening to human beings behind prison walls,” said Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Correctional Association of New York.

In addition to the Pulitzer, Blood in the Water has won the Bancroft, Ridenhour, J. Willard Hurst, and New York City Bar Association Prizes. It is also being adapted for film.

Thompson is a professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research on the history of policing, mass incarceration, and the current criminal justice system has been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Atlantic, Salon,

Thompson’s talk on Sept. 14 is sponsored by RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. It will be followed by a book signing and books will be available for purchase.

Questions? Contact Tamar Carroll: twcgsh@rit.edu