Pioneering radical criminologist Tony Platt to speak at two Carceral Studies Research Collective events

Tony Platt, a pioneer of Radical Criminology in the United States (also known as the Berkeley School), will be speaking at two events organized by members of the University of Ottawa’s Carceral Studies Research Collective.

In a public lecture being held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe Street), Professor Platt will provide an overview of the arguments presented in his new book entitled “Beyond these Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States”. His talk will be followed by a discussion on how insights from his book can inform resistance to carceral expansion in Canada and a Q&A with audience members. Click here for more event information.

In a University of Ottawa lecture being held on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in room C408 on the fourth floor of the Learning Crossroads (CRX) building, Professor Platt explores the rise, decline and resurgence of Radical Criminology. The event includes lunch and light refreshments. Those interested in attending are encourage RSVP via email to by Friday, February 22, 2019. Click here for more event information.



Over the course of four decades, Tony Platt taught American history, public policy, and social sciences at University of Chicago (1966-1968), Berkeley (1968-1977) and California State University, Sacramento (1977-2007). After completing an undergraduate degree at Oxford University (1960-1963) and earning a doctorate from Berkeley in 1966, he went on to authorten books and over 150 essays and articles dealing with issues of race, inequality, and social justice in American history. Among his notable works are “The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency” (1969) and “Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws, From Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial” (2006). His recent work – which includes the book, “Beyond these Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States” (2019) – is focused on issues relating to public history, memory, and the tragic past. He is currently a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society.