Literature Program

Friday, November 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.


UB Humanities Institute & Hallwalls present

Nicholas Lustig

Scholars @ Hallwalls

These monthly presentations feature one fellow's research in an engaging lecture with lively follow-up conversation. This year's lineup highlights the interdisciplinary range of humanities research at UB.

Talks are on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and are free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres are served.

"The Variegated Spread of Real-Time Crime Centers"

Nicholas Lustig (Assistant Professor, Geography)

Professor Lustig examines the origins of the recently constructed mass-surveillance centers in urban police departments. These centers are multimillion-dollar intelligence hubs intended to overhaul information infrastructures and expand surveillance capabilities. Lustig's talk discusses the early programs in New York City and Baltimore, analyzes the varied pathways of diffusion of these centers, examines the most frequent criticisms of them (including privacy violations, targeting political activists, and mission creep), narrates a successful opposition to one in Oakland, and offers speculations about the future of these surveillance programs.