The Fragility of Life: Rethinking Abolition More Broadly

Bernard E. Harcourt, Columbia University

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 4:30pm
A17 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
Event Category: 
Co-sponsored Event

With the release of the movie Just Mercy and the opening of the Peace and Justice Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, many are rethinking capital punishment in the USA and the movement for abolition more broadly. In this workshop, Professor Harcourt will explore questions of innocence and injustice, and the new context of abolition today. 


Cosponsored with the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton.

Bernard E. Harcourt
Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science
Columbia University

Bernard E. Harcourt is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, Executive Director of the Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, and Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought at Columbia University; and directeur d'études at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Critique & Praxis (Columbia University Press, 2020), and, most recently, of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens (Basic Books, 2018), Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2005) and The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Harvard University Press, 2011). He is also an active death penalty lawyer, currently representing inmates sentenced to death and to life imprisonment without parole in Alabama. He was recently awarded the Norman J. Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime advocacy on behalf of individuals on death row.