I am pleased to announce that my class on the History of the Civil Rights Movement will host a forum on Race and the War on Drugs. The forum is open to the University of Cincinnati community and to the general public. It will take place on Dec. 4, from 3:30 to 5 pm in McMicken Hall, room 43.
Our keynote speaker will be David A. Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. The OJPC is a Cincinnati based non-profit law office that works for the state-wide reform of the criminal justice system including through eliminating racial disparities in it.
To help put our discussion in a broad prospective, Prof. Isaac Campos-Costero, of the UC Department of History will provided historic context on the war on drugs. Prof. Campos-Costero is the author of a number of articles examining this issue in the United States and Latin America as well as his recent book, Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
Dean Ronald Jackson of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences will open the forum with welcoming remarks and an introduction of the speakers.
Students in the class will have prepared for the forum by reading and discussing, The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New York: New Press, 2010), by Michelle Alexander.
We look forward to having you join us for what promises to be a lively and informative discussion.
Prof. Fritz Casey-Leininger, Ph.D.
Educator Assistant Professor
Director of Public History Internships