Penn Lightbulb Café: ‘Dismantling the Carceral State: Law, Order and Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump’

Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721
Jill DiSanto | | 215-898-4820
Monday, September 25, 2017


Marie Gottschalk
Department of Political Science
School of Arts and Sciences
​​​​​​​University of Pennsylvania    


Penn Lightbulb Café: “Dismantling the Carceral State: Law, Order and Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump”


Tuesday, Sept. 26
​​​​​​​6-7 p.m.


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Marie Gottschalk studies the origins and politics of mass incarceration, focusing on the idea of a “carceral state” with millions of people who are in prison, on probation or on parole.

Dr. Gottschalk specializes in American politics, criminal justice, health policy, race, the development of the welfare state and business-labor relations. She was one of the 30 academics, historians, activists and politicians included in Ana DuVernay’s “13th,” a Netflix documentary about mass incarceration that refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery but left an exploitable loophole: “except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

She’s the author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics and The Prison and the Gallows: The Politics of Mass Incarceration in America, which won the 2007 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians.

The talk is part of the Penn Lightbulb Café free public-lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes arts, humanities and social-sciences scholarship out of the classroom for a night on the town. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m., and the presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited. RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at