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Dr. James C. Garman

Dr. James C. Garman, Coordinator of the Cultural and Historic Preservation Program will speak about his book:
"Detention Castles of Steel and Stone: Landscape, Labor and the Urban Penitentiary."

Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 4:00 pm
Reception and Book Signing to follow lecture.

 

Detention Castles of Steel and Stone

Detention Castles of Steel and Stone: Landscape, Labor and the Urban Penitentiary
by James C. Garman

The Providence Place Mall covers the location at the center of Dr. Garman's book concerning the rise and fall of Rhode Island's first state prison. The history of the building from its opening in 1830 to its abandonment in 1877 and its demolition in 1893 is only one aspect of this fascinating study. In addition to his professional examination of the site the author explores the political climate, theories of corrections and imprisonment, and the lives of the people that were part of this early attempt at social reform. Join us as Dr. Garman explores the history and relevance of nineteenth century prisons to our present day lives from his point of view of as an archaeologist and anthropologist.



Dr. James Garman Dr. James C. Garman, Coordinator of the Cultural and Historic Preservation Program and Assistant Professor of Archeology at Salve Regina University. Dr. Garman also serves on the advisory committee for the Office of Academic Grants and Conferences and the ad hoc Wetmore Committee and is the vice chairman of Newport's Historic District Commission. Dr. James Garman, "I was trained as an archaeologist, and that remains my major research interest. I study the archaeology of capitalism, and the material ways in which our present structures of race, class, and gender have developed over time. In my other role as preservationist, I'm especially interested in the "tear-down" trend, or the destruction of vernacular housing in favor of McMansions."

In 2005, Dr. Garman received the Special Project Award from the Antone Fund for Academic Excellence. This fund supports special grants to full-time faculty who are making exceptional and distinguished contributions in their field.

EDUCATION
B.A., Archaeology, Yale University (1987)
M.A., Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst (1991)
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of MAssachusetts Amherst (1999)

For additional information contact Joan Bartram: bartram@salve.edu or 401-341-2382.