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George Jackson's Prison Writing

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August 8+ 11, 6-8pm ET

Ian Alexander

George Jackson was one of the clearest and most prescient critics of the prison and US imperialism in the 20th century. Soledad Brother, a collection of his correspondence, was a bestseller in his lifetime, and remains one of the most widely read collections of prison writing in the US. His posthumously released book, Blood In My Eye, pushes his political theory further, and has garnered renewed interest over the past decade. We'll read from both.

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Ian Alexander studies media technologies and their deployment in US prisons over the past century. In Spring 2022 he will complete his PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. His dissertation, "The Carceral Media Regime", tracks historical trends through multiple media technologies, from radio to tablets, to demystify their political functions: repression for prisons and liberation for prisoners.