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Rightsizing Michigan's Prison Population
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Panel: Rightsizing Michigan's Prison Population: Policy-Driven Expansion and Reduction in an Era of Mass Incarceration

Michigan Department of Corrections Directors Panel, 4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall, 735 S. State , Annenberg Auditorium, Room 1120.

This panel will look at the historic prison build-up in Michigan during the era of mass incarceration and current efforts to "right size" the state'™s prison population. Panelists are Patricia Caruso, director of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC, 2003-present); Robert Brown, Jr., former director of the MDOC (1984-91), with moderator Dennis Schrantz, deputy director of the MDOC.

Sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), 647-4091.

The Science of Capital
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Science, Technology, Medicine & Society
Winter 2009 Speaker Series

The Science of Capital

Speaker: Stuart Kirsch, UM-Department of Anthropology
Date: Monday, March 16, 4:00–5:30pm
Location: Ehrlicher Room, 411 West Hall

Abstract: This paper draws on recent critiques of scientific knowledge production by the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries—such as the promotion of uncertainty about harm and the scripting of research results—to examine how the mining industry packages and uses science to conceal its impacts and promote its interests. Comparisons across these very different industries—tobacco, which was long considered the outlier but might be better understood as the paradigm; pharmaceuticals, for which it has generally been assumed that ethical responsibilities for human health would prevent such problems from occurring; and mining, which has received relatively little public scrutiny—provide insight into how corporations produce and use science, and how this differs from other understandings of scientific knowledge production. This material is part of a book manuscript that examines how corporations respond to critique.

About the speaker: Stuart Kirsch is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. His most recent book is Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations (Stanford 2006). His current research project examines the mining industry’s response to indigenous and NGO opposition.

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