Deborah McDowell, director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute, talked to our local NBC affiliate about her new book, The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration. Drawing its content from a conference hosted at the University of Virginia in 2009, the book not only addresses prison growth and its consequences, but also presents statistics that force us to wonder who benefits when so many people are behind bars.
Denver Brunsman, author of The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World, will be appearing at the Detroit Historical Society on October 17 to discuss and sign copies of the book. Complete information on the event can be found here.
Lisa Russ Spaar is one of nine UVa faculty recognized for their “exceptional commitment to teaching.” Spaar, who also received the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize, is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Poetry Writing Program at UVa and the editor of All That Mighty Heart: London Poems
In addition to being a devoted pilgrimage participant, Robert Sibley—author of The Way of the 88 Temples: Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage—also happens to be a writer for the Ottawa Citizen. On the occasion of an upcoming author appearance in Ottawa City, Sibley’s newspaper took the opportunity to run a uniquely compelling excerpt from the book.
Terri Fisher and Kirsten Sparenborg’s Lost Communities has won the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. The Award of Merit is part of the AASLH’s Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.