The Fisher Center will close its year-long lecture series on imprisonment on Wednesday, April 20, with speaker Khalilah L. Brown-Dean. Brown-Dean will discuss incarceration in America in her talk “Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: The Politics of Punishment in the U.S.,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.
Brown-Dean’s lecture will serve as this year’s Leo Srole Lecture and is jointly sponsored by the Fisher Center and the Urban Studies Program. There will also be a roundtable discussion with Brown-Dean on Thursday, April 21, at 9 a.m. in the Fisher Center.
Currently serving as the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Yale University, Brown-Dean is a resident fellow of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and a research fellow at the Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. Brown-Dean received her Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2003 and a B.A. in government from The University of Virginia in 1998.
She has written a book manuscript, “Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement, and Fractured Citizenship,” and is completing a second book manuscript, “Diversity and Democracy.” Brown-Dean has served as a political analyst, adviser, and commentator for CNN, PBS, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Crisis Magazine, the Comcast Network, and several governmental agencies, community organizations and international media outlets.
Srole (1908-1993), professor of sociology at HWS, graduated from Harvard in 1933 and received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago in 1940. An internationally known urban sociologist who taught in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology before World War II, Srole is remembered as one of the Colleges’ most distinguished faculty of the last century. The lecture series established in his honor is charged with bringing ground-breaking urban thinkers to the HWS campus to explore the issues and concerns to which Srole dedicated his life.