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News Rashad Shabazz to Speak about Carceral Power in Chicago

MARLBORO, VT – (October 24, 2012) – University of Vermont geography professor Rashad Shabazz will discuss the racial and sexual politics that informed the rise of “carceral” power in Chicago during the late 19th and early 20th centuries on Thursday, November 8.  His talk will take place at 7:00pm in Apple Tree, located at Marlboro College, and is free and open to the public.

Despite the sexual propriety of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Shabazz argues, vice districts including interracial sex zones were tolerated until World War I.  This is when black migrants moved into northern cities and politicians reevaluated the once-tolerated sites of illicit sex. 

“As a researcher and teacher, I want others to understand the importance of space when talking about race and gender,” Shabazz states on his UVM webpage. “It is my job to rummage through the texts and documents of black folk and breathe new life into them by highlighting their geographic knowledge.”

Shabazz draws on history, human geography, philosophy and literature to bring together theories of race and racism, black cultural studies, gender studies and critical prison studies. He is an editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, an organizer for Critical Resistance and has taught at San Quentin Prison.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts for 65 years, with 300 undergraduate students enjoying an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College Graduate School offers master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of education, internet technologies, health care administration, non-profit administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, with courses designed around small classes at the downtown Brattleboro campus complemented by online work and close collaboration.




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