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DCORE Faculty To Host Panel on Racially Charged Summer

Last year WUNC’s Frank Stasio moderated a discussion with DCORE faculty members Kerry Haynie, Mark Anthony Neal and Karla Holloway.

In recent years, the summer season has given rise to racial tensions in the U.S. due to injustice surrounding police shootings and other acts of violence targeting the African Americans.

Two such incidents have captured media attention so far this summer — the July 5 killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and the killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., both by white police officers.

DCORE faculty members will discuss the various aspects of the police killings, the Orlando nightclub shooting and gun control during a panel discussion. The DCORE faculty represent a number of academic fields, including law, the humanities and the social sciences.

“#SummerSyllabus 2016” will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8 in Griffith Film Theater.

Sterling, 37, died on July 5 outside a supermarket when police, suspecting he had a gun, wrestled him to the ground and shot him several times at point blank range. The father of five had been selling CDs.

A day later, Castile, 32, was killed during a routine traffic stop as he reached for his license, registration and concealed carry permit. Shortly after, in alleged retaliation, five police officers were killed in Dallas, Tex., and three were killed in Baton Rouge, La. A fourth is in critical condition and two others were injured.

DCORE faculty held #SummerSyllabus last year with a focus on the events of summer 2015 including the Charleston church shooting, the debate over the Confederate flag, and the death of Sandra Bland in police custody. In 2014, the topic was the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. which led to protests across the country.