Teach-in to focus on race, state violence from Ferguson shooting

September 25, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Department of African American Studies will host "Facing Ferguson: A Teach-In on Race and State Violence" at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library.

The event will focus on the broader history and social implications of the protests stemming from the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.

The teach-in will include a panelist of five faculty members and postdoctoral fellows from the department, including Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African-American studies and women's studies; Paul Taylor, head of African-American studies; and Jaime Alves, Anyabwile Love and Cynthia Greenlee, both postdoctoral fellows.

The event is the first of a series of three planned teach-ins examining the social, political and justice implications of the protests. Subsequent teach-ins will follow the case as the U.S. Department of Justice investigates Brown's death and the Ferguson Police Department.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated September 26, 2014