The relationship between law enforcement and race in present day America has become a sensitive subject for many.
The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University has been hosting a 3 part Lecture Series on the State of Race and Policing in America. The third and final one will be held on November 14th.
Dr. Charles Epp from the University of Kansas will be speaking on the topic of “Racial Disparities in Policing: Toward Understanding and Reform.” He is the coauthor of a book titled Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship and if you’d like to read it you can buy it on amazon.com.
The description of the lecture on the Bush School’s website says “This lecture will be the last in a series of three intended to create a conversation between researchers, law enforcement, and citizens. In an age of social media, incidents between law enforcement and citizens across the country have garnered national attention. As concerns of policing within minority communities rise, cities across the United States are experiencing political protests that have not be witnessed in decades. Given the climate surrounding police and minority communities, this lecture series hopes to begin a community wide dialogue focusing on topics such as, tensions between communities of color and law enforcement, race and community engagement efforts by local police departments, research on criminal justice, policing, and immigration enforcement at the local level.”
Lately, students at the university have been trying to start conversation about race and equality. There is a new group on campus called TAMU Anti-Racism that works hard to promote racial justice on campus. They have previously pressured university administration to add a mandatory course that all students must complete before graduation that would be on diversity and racial justice. However, the University has yet to make a decision about that proposed mandatory class.
So, this lecture series is an important step towards creating more conversation at Texas A&M about racial issues. If you are interested in attending, the lecture will be held in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center in College Station at 5:30 p.m.
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