Policing the U.S. Empire: Race, Prison, and the War on Terror

Tuesday, February 23rd
4:30–6:30 pm
Room C201

A discussion with Joshua M. Price (the State University of New York, Binghamton), Chase Madar (author and journalist), and Wadie Said (University of South Carolina).

Reception to follow.

Chase Madar is a former civil rights attorney and the author of The Passion of Chelsea Manning: The Story behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower (Verso). He writes about foreign affairs and domestic policing for the London Review of Books, Le Monde diplomatique, Al Jazeera, the National Interest, the Nation, the American Conservative, Jacobin, TomDispatch and the TLS. His translations of Verlaine’s Les Poètes maudits essay collection and Buñuel’s Exterminating Angel screenplay are published by Green Integer press. He is a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

Joshua Price teaches in the Sociology Department of the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is the author of two books, Prison and Social Death (Rutgers, 2015) and Structural Violence: Hidden Brutality in the Lives of Women (SUNY, 2012). He coedited the forthcoming Decarceration and Justice Disinvestment, which exams the recent drop in the prison population in New York State. He is also a translator and writes about the often-ambiguous role of translators and interpreters in imperial expansion, including the war on terror. He has been committed to anti-racist, anti-gender-violence organizing for the last twenty-five years, especially in movements that advocate for currently and formerly incarcerated people. For his work, the Broome/Tioga County NAACP has honored him as Citizen of the Year and the New York State Assembly has cited him for “Outstanding Commitment to the Civil Rights of New Yorkers.”

Wadie Said is Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches courses in Criminal Law and Procedure, Human Rights, Immigration Law, and a seminar in Counterterrorism. He is the author of Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions (Oxford 2015), the first academic study of the war on terror through an American criminal lens. He is the author of numerous legal articles on all aspects of the modern terrorism prosecution, including the material support ban, the use of informants, and sentencing, as well as other works on refugee and asylum law. Previously, he was an assistant federal public defender in Tampa, where he represented one of the defendants in United States v. al-Arian, a complex terrorism conspiracy case. Prior to joining the faculty at South Carolina, Prof. Said was a visiting assistant professor in the Law and Society Program at UC Santa Barbara.

Policing the U.S. Empire: Race, Prison, and the War on Terror
Date: February 23, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Room C201, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Address: 365 5th Ave., New York (View Map)