In this podcast, Celia Chazelle, editor of Why the Middle Ages Matter, and professor at the College of New Jersey, explores how medieval studies can be a means through which to understand the punitiveness of the American prison system. We may no longer be putting people on the rack, but violent punishments are not quintessentially medieval either. Physical violence is intrinsic to the prison system and massive social and economic inequality plagued medieval Europe as it does in the U.S. today. In an exploration of the over-incarceration of Camden, New Jersey residents, and the effects this has on families and communities in the most impoverished and violence-prone city in America, Chazelle puts forth an important argument about respect, honor, and punishment in the medieval past and in today’s New Jersey.
This podcast is a recording of the lecture Chazelle presented on November 13, 2013, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Mark Rylance Roars (with Rage) at Richard III and Has the House Roaring (with Hilarity) on (usage deliberate) Twelfth Night in Rep
by Demetra M. Pappas, correspondent*
A couple weeks ago Crimcast reported on the saving of the 5 Pointz graffiti space in Queens, New York, from destruction to make way for luxury housing. In a shocking turnabout, the developer reneged on agreements with community activists and began to paint over the artwork two nights ago under police protection. A federal lawsuit filed by the artists failed to receive an injunction and so the good-faith agreement was all the community had to rely on– but only they were acting in good faith. Shame on developers Jerry and David Wolkoff for painting over a vibrant and historic space for graffiti artists! What a travesty! As one 5 Pointz fan put it to the media:
It’s the death of a real cultural institution in the city and there doesn’t seem to be any room for this kind of art anymore.