Laurence Ralph in Conversation with Danielle Allen


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 5:00pm to 6:00pm



Laurence Ralph lecture poster full size

Please join us on zoom for a conversation with Laurence Ralph, who will discuss policing during COVID-19 and his book The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence with Danielle Allen.

Laurence Ralph is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. He earned both a PhD and also a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in History, Technology and Society.

In 2014 Laurence’s first book, Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago, was published by the University of Chicago Press. This book grapples with the consequences of the “war on drugs” together with mass incarceration, the ramifications of heroin trafficking for HIV infected teenagers, the perils of gunshot violence and the ensuing disabilities that gang members suffer. Investigating this encompassing context allows him to detail the social forces that make black urban residents vulnerable to disease and disability. Renegade Dreams received the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in 2015. His latest book, The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence, explores a decades long scandal in which 125 were tortured while in police custody. 

Please register by Noon on Wednesday, April 22nd, and we will email you the link to access the event on April 23, a few hours before it begins.

Registration is limited, but we will also livestream the conversation on our Facebook page.