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SFC Senior Lecture Series Fall 2015

Fall 2015 Senior Citizen Lecture Series

Urban Policing and Racial Conflict: Current Crises and Historical Contexts

Co-Coordinators: Nickie Phillips & Emily Horowitz

Sponsored by the Senior Citizen Lecture Series, the Center for Crime & Popular Culture, the Institute for Peace & Justice Contact: Emily Horowitz for more details

September 22 @ 11:10 in Room 4202/Bennett Capers (Stanley A. August Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School) on Techno-Policing

Professor Bennett Capers is a prolific writer on race, gender, and criminal justice. His articles and essays have been published or are forthcoming in top law reviews, including the California Law Review, Fordham Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Washington University Law Review. Prior to teaching, he spent nearly ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In 2013, Judge Scheindlin appointed him to Chair the Academic Advisory Council to assist in implementing the remedial order in the stop-and-frisk class action Floyd v. City of New York. He also serves as an appointed member of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board.

September 29 @ 11:10 in Room 4202 / Johnny Perez (Urban Justice Center and St. Francis ’17) on First-Hand Accounts of Police Interactions


Johnny Perez will moderate a discussion with panelists Damien Stapleton (Harlem-based community activist) & Marlon Peterson (2015 Soros Justice Fellow + activist against gun violence) & Pastor Terence Brunson (Clergy, Police, & Community in Unity Movement). Johnny, a St. Francis student, is a mental health advocate at The Urban Justice Center, a member of the Jails Action Coalition, the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC), the New York Reentry Education Network, and the Bar Association’s Correction and Reentry Committee.  Drawing on his 13 years of direct involvement with the criminal justice system, Johnny has testified at the NY Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights; spoken at Cornell Law, Fordham,  Amnesty International, Princeton, the United Nations, and The American Justice Summit; appeared on Al-Jazeera, in a documentary about solitary confinement and NY1;  and received the Victor Hassine Memorial Essay Award for his essayon the transformative power of education.

October 6 @ 11:10am/Delores Jones-Brown on Policing Minority Communities

Dr. Delores Jones-Brown is a Professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the founder of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and is the author of numerous scholoarly articles on race, crime and the criminal justice system. Dr. Jones-Brown is co-editor of The System in Black and White: Exploring the Connections between Race, Crime and Justice, Policing and Minority Communities: Bridging the Gap, African Americans and African Americans and Criminal Justice: An Encylopedia, and is author of Race, Crime, and Punishment. Dr. Jones-Brown also servered as a former assistant prosecutor at Monmouth County, New Jersey.

October 13 @ 11:10am in Room 4202/ Gillian Harkins (Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Washington)/Beyond access: Prisons, college and education justice

Professor Harkins teaches classes that dwell on the intersections of gender, sexuality and race as they shape relations between cultural forms and social formations. Her first book, Everybody’s Family Romance: Reading Incest in Neoliberal America (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), argues that the 1990s “boom” in print materials addressing father-daughter incest contributed to broader transformations of family life associated with neoliberal governance in the United States. Additional research and teaching focuses on the intersections of education justice and prison abolition in higher education in prison programs. She currently works with three college in prison programs in the Puget Sound Area: the University Beyond Bars offering courses inside the Washington State Reformatory for men since 2009; the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound offering courses inside the Washington Corrections Center for Women since 2011; and the Black Prisoners Caucus T.E.A.C.H. program offering courses inside the Clallam Bay Correctional Center since 2012.

October 20 @ 11:10am Stop Doc Q&A w/ Director Spencer Wolff

Spencer Wolff is the writer, director, and producer of Stop: A Film About Stop & Frisk in New York City. The film detailes NYPD's stop and frisk policies during the Bloomberg administration. The film features David Ourlicht, one of the lead plaintiffs in the Floyd v. the City of New York case that ultimately ruled the stop and frisk policies as enforced by the NYPD unconstitutional.

Week 8 Oct. 27 @ 11:10am in Room 4202 / NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (Member)

The NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) is an independent city agency, with subpoena power. It is not part of the police department. They handle complaints about four kinds of alleged police misconduct: 1. Force: this refers to the use of excessive or unnecessary force; behavior that includes punching, shoving or choking a civilian, using pepper spray and up to and including the use of deadly force. 2. Abuse of Authority: this refers to abuse of police powers to intimidate or mistreat a civilian; for example, an officer’s refusal to provide name and badge number, an improper strip search or vehicle stop and search, or an improper “stop, question and frisk.” 3. Discourtesy: this refers to cursing and using other foul language or gestures. 4. Offensive Language: this refers to slurs and derogatory remarks or gestures based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

Nov. 3 - Eli Silverman / Crime Numbers & the NYPD

Eli Silverman is a professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Silverman is author of numerous scholarly articles on policing management, crime rates, and policing performance. He is co-author, with John Eterno, of The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation and author of NYPD Battles Crime: Innovative Strategies in Policing. Dr. Silverman has served with the US Department of Justice and the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC.

Nov. 10 @ 11:10am in Room 4202 Bobby Hodgson (New York Civil Liberties Union) /A Tale of Two Cities: Discriminatory Policing in New York City

Bobby Hodgson is a Skadden Fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he focuses on LGBTQ youth issues and other civil rights and civil liberties litigation and advocacy. Prior to working at the NYCLU, Bobby was a law clerk to Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. During law school, he represented low-income clients in family and housing court with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, advocated on behalf of public housing tenants with the Tenant Advocacy Project, and served on the general board of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Bobby graduated from Harvard Law School in 2012. This presentation examines the discriminatory effects of the policies and practices of the New York Police Department, highlighting the disparate treatment received by various community and ethnic groups. The presentation covers zero-tolerance policing and stop-and-frisk practices and the collateral consequences of these practices on affected communities. The presentation also explores advocate led movements to reform discriminatory police practices and increase police accountability.

Nov. 17 @ 11:10am in Room 4202/Debbie Nathan (journalist) on the Sandra Bland Case: Murder, Suicide, and/or Police Misconduct?

Debbie Nathan has been a journalist, editor and translator for almost three decades. She specializes in writing about immigration, the U.S.-Mexico border, sexual politics and sex panics, particularly in relation to women and children. Debbie is author and co-author of four books, including [Sybil Exposed][0]. She has been involved in translating two others into English — one from Spanish and the other from Latin American Yiddish. Her essays appear in several anthologies, and her work has been published in venues as varied as Redbook and The Nation, Ms. and Playboy, The Texas Observer and Social Text, The New York Times and Vibe. Debbie’s work has won numerous national and regional awards, including: The H.L. Mencken Award for Investigative Journalism, PEN West Award for Journalism, several prizes from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for feature journalism, the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for Journalism, and the John Bartlow Martin Award (from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism) for Public Service Journalism.

Nov. 24 @ 11:10am in Dr. Yohuru Williams (Professor of Historyand Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Fairfield University) on Black Lives Matter and the Black Power/Civil Rights Movement

Dr. Yohuru Williams is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Fairfield University. He is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Panthers in New Haven and Teaching US History Beyond the Textbook. He is the editor of A Constant Struggle: African-American History from 1865 to the Present, Documents and Essays (Kendall Hunt, 2002), and the co-editor of In Search of the Black Panther Party: New Perspectives on a Revolutionary Movement (Duke University, 2006), and Liberated Territory: Toward a Local History of the Black Panther Party (Duke University, 2009). He also served as general editor for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History's 2002 and 2003 Black History Month publications, The Color Line Revisited (Tapestry Press, 2002) and The Souls of Black Folks: Centennial Reflections (Africa World Press, 2003). Dr. Williams also served as an adviser on the popular civil rights reader Putting the Movement Back into Teaching Civil Rights. Dr. Williams' scholarly articles have appeared in The Black Scholar, The Journal of Black Studies, The Organization of American Historians Magazine of History, Delaware History, Pennsylvania History, and the Black History Bulletin.

December 1 @ 11:10am in Room 4202 Dr. Jennifer Hunt on Police Use of Force

Dr. Jennifer Hunt was Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University, and served as Fulbright Research Chair in U.S. Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. She is currently researching and writing a book on Human Terrain Team Systems, a US Department of Defense funded project that embedded teams of social scientists and retired or active duty military personnel in combat commands in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Hunt has done ethnographic research and published in a number of areas including police culture and organization, police use of force, risk and injury in sports and psychoanalysis and fieldwork. The University of Chicago Press published her most recent book, Seven Shots: An NYPD Raid on a Terrorist Cell and its Aftermath in 2010.

December 8 @ 11:10am in Room 4202 Portia Allen-Kyle (Attorney and Ph.D. Student in Sociology at Rutgers University) on "Controlling the Movement: Understanding the Dynamic between Activism and Policing Tactics in Greater St. Louis"

Portia Allen-Kyle, J.D., is currently working on her dissertation in sociology at Rutgers University. She spent the past summer doing fieldwork in Ferguson, Missouri, studying the impact of executive emergency curfews on the community. Her dissertation focuses on the relationship between executive emergency curfew laws and social inequality.