This Panel Discussion will focus on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” by Heather Ann Thompson. This book was also a finalist for the National Book Award and included on 14 “Best of 2016” lists. Dr. Thompson has written extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration, and the criminal justice system.
Panelists featured: •Dr. Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History, University of Michigan •R.L. McNeely, Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board Chairperson, Author of Race, Crime & Criminal Justice, Retired Attorney, Professor Emeritus of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee •Attorney Jerry Buting, Defense Counsel in State vs. Avery, Author of Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System •Attorney Walter Lanier, Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement and Men of Color at MATC, UWM Lecturer on Race and Constitutional Law, Senior Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church •Moderator: Dr. Robert S. Smith, Marquette University Harry G. John Professor of Urban Studies and Director of the Center for Urban Research