Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author and Historian Heather Ann Thompson is set to visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday, March 7 to discuss her highly acclaimed book, Blood in the Water: the Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy. Sponsored by the The Human Rights and Genocide Symposium, the talk will take place in Albright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Thompson currently serves as a Professor of History at the University of Michigan, specializing in mass incarceration, public policy, the history of policing and the current criminal justice system.
Her book, Blood in the Water, received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in History and the 2017 Bancroft Prize, and landed a spot on several “Best of 2016” lists, including The New York Times Most Notable Books of 2016. Within the first week of its publication, Blood in the Water was optioned by TriStar Pictures and will be adapted for film by acclaimed screenwriters Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel and produced by award-winning producers Amy Pascal and Rachel O’Connor. In addition, she has consulted on several documentaries, including Criminal Injustice at Attica.
Thompson is also the author of Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City (2001), which was republished in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Riot of 1967.
As a leading expert on mass incarceration, Thompson has published award-winning scholarly articles and is cited regularly by the media including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone and The Washington Post. She has also served on the boards of national policy organizations such as the Prison Policy Initiative with an overall goal of exposing the broader harm of mass incarceration on society.
Established in 1999, the HWS Human Rights and Genocide Symposium is a semester-long series featuring presentations from guest speakers. Sustained by generous grants from Dr. Edward Franks ’72, the symposium seeks to help participants learn more about the circumstances in which genocide is perpetrated.