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Provost’s Forum Addresses Rising Tensions in Community-Police Interactions

Sam Sinyangwe, co-founder of Campaign Zero speaks on the panel, “Dissecting Police and Civilian Interactions,” an exploration of the culture and practice of policing.

From Duke Today:

On Friday, March 3, an audience of nearly 400 came together in Penn Pavilion for a day-long forum on a Forum on Race, Community and the Pursuit of Justice sponsored by Provost Sally Kornbluth. Organized by a steering committee of Duke faculty, the forum addressed topics of mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, police engagement with communities of color, training methods for de-escalation of crises, the demographics of US police forces and the burden placed on police departments to resolve deep rooted social and economic problems.

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Policing Color: Black, Brown, and Blue

The Provost Forum on Race, Community and the Pursuit of Justice

The Forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Penn Pavilion, Friday March 3, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. Duke students and Duke staff are especially encouraged to attend. 

View updated conference schedule.

Register here by 3 p.m.,Tuesday, February 28 (or until the event is full)https://bit.ly/2k4XkiS

We are living in a moment in which significant tensions exist between law enforcement and communities of color. Of course, these tensions are not simply a product of our time. There is a history of racism in policing; and as a consequence of that history and based on the lived experiences of people of color, many communities of color bear a deep distrust of the police.

At the same time, law enforcement personnel sometimes feel besieged and isolated as police officers attempt to meet their duty to protect and serve many different communities. The issue has taken on added urgency most recently with the deaths of a long list of people of color following interactions with the police, as well as the deaths of police officers in Dallas and other cities this past year.

This year’s Forum will bring together participants coming from multiple vantage points, activists, scholars, and police officers to help us better understand the problem in its full complexity; provide insights on the nature of police and civilian interactions; help us appreciate the impact on marginalized communities that are experiencing racial violence through the media; offer us a process for achieving justice between sometimes oppositional communities; and point us toward potential solutions.

Sessions include:

9-10:30 a.m. Understanding the Problem

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dissecting Police/Civilian Interactions

1:30-3 p.m. Visualizing the Impact of Racial Violence

3:15-4:45 p.m. Obtaining Justice and Balancing Power

5-6:30 p.m. Constructing Solutions

For more information on the conference, visit https://provost.duke.edu/provost-forum-on-race-community-and-the-pursuit-of-justice.

Charles Joins University’s Presidential Search Committee

Professor Guy-Uriel Charles has been selected as a member of the Duke University charles_guypresidential search committee, tasked with identifying President Richard Brodhead’s successor. The 18-member committee, selected and approved by the university’s Board of Trustees on May 13, is chaired by Jack O. Bovender, Jr. Bovender is currently vice-chair of the Board of Trustees.

President Brodhead announced last month that he will step down on June 30, 2017 after 13 years of service to the university.

For more information on the search, visit presidentialsearch.duke.edu.