Professor Heather Ann Thompson (University of Michigan) will discuss her current research, how she is managing the chaos of the pandemic, and she will offer advice on how to negotiate these uncertain times.
Professor Thompson is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy. The book received numerous awards and was prominently reviewed and profiled in the New York Times in four different sections, and Thompson herself was profiled in the highly-coveted “Talk” section in the New York Times Magazine. Blood in the Water ultimately landed on fourteen “Best of 2016” lists including the New York Times Most Notable Books of 2016 list.
Professor Thompson and Rhonda Y. Williams are founders and co-editors of The Justice, Power, and Politics series at the University of North Carolina Press. This series publishes award-winning new works of history that explore questions of social justice, political power, and struggles for justice in the twentieth century—thereby bringing these books into conversation with each other.
Professor Thompson is at work on a new book, Bullet and Burn, a history of the dramatic confrontations between Philadelphia police and the MOVE organization during the 1970s and early 1980s that culminated in officers dropping a bomb on a residential neighborhood in 1985, killing men, women and children and leaving 61 middle class homes and an entire city block in ashes.