You are cordially invited to luncheon with the Oneonta Faculty Convivium on Tuesday, December 9, noon to 1:00 p.m., in Morris Hall’s Le Café. Michael King, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will present a talk titled, “Race, Space, Policing and the Making of the Ferguson Rebellions”.
Abstract: The militant protests that followed the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 and the aggressive response from police to those protests have helped to make “militarized policing” a national issue. How did Ferguson – a suburban enclave on the northern outskirts of Saint Louis County with a population just over 20,000 – become the center of escalating debates and conflicts about race and policing in the U.S.? I will examine the local history, politics and economics as well as specific social conditions related to housing, education and employment in Ferguson and the greater Saint Louis area. A clear picture of segregation, racialized economic inequality and poor police-community relations emerges to serve as more than just a backdrop, but a catalyzing set of social factors and political grievances, beyond the killing of Mike Brown, which the militant protests in the street are trying to draw attention to. My presentation will integrate analysis of recent events in Ferguson into the social conditions I am highlighting, as well as the history of the movement in past four months.
Seating is limited. To reserve a seat please call X2517 prior to December 5. Vegetarian meals are available.