Dr. Berger to speak on Comparing Radical Eras from the 1960s to Today
Dan Berger will be speaking on Thursday, March 15th from 2-3:30 in Golisano 101. The subject of his talk is Comparing Radical Eras from the 1960s to Today (see the attached flyer). Dr. Berger is an interdisciplinary historian who focuses on critical race theory, twentieth century U.S. social movements, and critical prison studies. His research examines how freedom and violence have shaped the United States in the twentieth century and continue to influence the world. Much of his work concerns the carceral state, including the diverse ways in which imprisonment has shaped social movements, racism, and American politics since World War II. His most recent book is Rethinking the American Prison Movement; he has also written Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, which was awarded the 2015 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians; The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States; and Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity.
A committed public scholar, Berger blogs regularly for Black Perspectives, and his articles have appeared in Al Jazeera America, Dissent, Salon, and Truthout, as well as a variety of scholarly journals. He is a co-founder of Decarcerate PA, a campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, and an active member of the Critical Prison Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association. In his spare time, Dan Berger is Associate Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington at Bothell and Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington at Seattle.