Event Details

McGinty Lecture: Heather Ann Thompson

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Event Type: Academic Events, Public Event

Audience: Public

Historian Heather Ann Thompson will discuss her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy,” a searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century. Thompson’s lecture, the second in the John E. McGinty Lecture in History series, will be followed by a book sale and signing.

In 1971, nearly 1,300 men took over one of the nation’s most infamous prisons, the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, to protest years of mistreatment. That historic uprising to secure basic human rights was met with deadly force, and for the next 45 years the story of how such trauma could have taken place was hidden from the public.

Thompson will share the story of this dramatic rebellion, its tragic end and the depth of the coverup that followed it. Knowing this history, she suggests, shines needed new light on why we have more people locked up in the United States today than any other country on the globe.

“Blood in the Water” won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize and the J. Willard Hurst Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other accolades.