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Confronting Systemic Racism: Policing, Mass Incarceration, and Black Lives Matter


Jun 23, 2020 12:28 PM

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Paula Austin
Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies @BU College of Arts & Sciences
Paula Austin is a U.S. historian with a focus on African American history, the history of race and racism, visual culture, urban and women’s history, history of social science, and the history of childhood. Her book, “Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life” (NYU Press) is a social and intellectual history of poor and working class young black people in early twentieth century, racially segregated Washington, D.C. She was the co-editor of Radical Teacher (Vol 106), special issue on “Teaching #BlackLivesMatter,” is the author of “‘Conscious Self-Realization and Self-Direction’: New Negro Ideologies and the Confines of Visual Representation,” in Journal of African American History (Summer 2018), “For Women, Life is Right Hard,” in a special issue on Black Love in Gender, Women, and Families of Color Journal (Fall 2019), and was a contributing author to Colonize This! Young women of color on today’s feminism, eds. Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman.
Raul Fernandez
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Lecturer @BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
Raul Fernandez is an accomplished educator with more than a decade of diverse experience in higher education. He is an elected Select Board Member in Brookline, MA and an appointee to the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Recently, he has authored 2 Medium posts (@raulspeaks) on reimagining policing in Brookline. He was the co-creator of the popular Wide Lens film series at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, which sought to explore underrepresented perspectives through film and conversation. His workshop, Blind Spots, challenges participants to examine their background, beliefs and biases while identifying areas where they can do the work and grow. He has facilitated versions of Blind Spots and other workshops for deans, faculty and administrators, doctors and nurses, lawyers and social workers, teachers and tutors, resident assistants, campus activities boards and orientation leaders.
Jessica Simes
Assistant Professor of Sociology @BU College of Arts & Sciences
Jessica T. Simes is an IOC faculty affiliate and the author of the forthcoming book, “Punishing Places: The Geography of Mass Incarceration” (under contact with University of California Press). Her work contributes to sociological research on inequality, race, and the social structure of cities. Specifically, Simes’s research is largely devoted to studying the spatial context of mass incarceration in the United States. She develops ecological explanations for inequality in incarceration using quantitative, demographic, and spatial approaches. Recently, she has begun studying policing, and has received IOC COVID-19 Urban Research-to-Action seed grant funding for her project, “Race, Place, and Policing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Multi-City Study.” In addition to funding from the IOC this year and in 2018, her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.