In her Arcus/Places Prize lecture, scholar and activist Susan Stryker explores the history of Compton’s Cafeteria, a storied building at the intersection of Turk and Taylor Streets in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. In the summer of 1966, Compton’s was the site of an uprising by trans women, sex workers, and unhoused youth who were resisting police oppression. Stryker interprets the history of the building — which is now owned by one of the largest for-profit prison corporations in the world — through the concept of “carceral power.”
The lecture took place on October 13, 2021. Due to pandemic restrictions, the event was online only. A recording is available here.
The Arcus/Places Prize recognizes innovative public scholarship on gender, sexuality, and the built environment. A collaboration between the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley and Places, the program is supported by the Arcus Endowment.
Susan Stryker holds the Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women’s Leadership at Mills College and is professor emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona.