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Cecelia Smith

Chained Benjamins
April 27, 2023

“Paid for by Crime: Civil Asset Forfeiture and the War on Drugs,” with Kenneth Alyass, a Ph.D. candidate in history at Harvard University, will be presented at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, on Zoom.

People at a police line during a demonstration.
April 21, 2023

“From Rhetoric to Action: Police Reform in a ‘Post’ Racialized America,” by Thaddeus L. Johnson, a former ranking law enforcement official in Memphis who is now an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, will be presented at 1 p.m. on Zoom.

Illustration of policing and citizens of color
April 14, 2023

“In Conversation with Dr. Craig Futterman,” the founder and director of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project, will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, on Zoom.

April 7, 2023

Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham, authors of “The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption, and Cover-up in Oakland,” will discuss their work at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, on Zoom.

Policing illustration
March 10, 2023

“IE to Ph.D. & Policing The Inland” will be presented by Humberto Flores, a doctoral candidate in sociology from UC Santa Barbara. The program is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed on Zoom at 1 p.m. March 14.


J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI who ran the agency for 48 years.
March 3, 2023

Yale University professor Beverly Gage will discuss her biography on J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI from 1924 to until he died in 1972, at the next Conversations on Race and Policing.

Illustration of police and multiracial, multiethnic silhouettes.
February 24, 2023

Cerise Castle, who wrote an award-winning investigative project on deputy gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, appear on the weekly program at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 on Zoom.

Illustration of criminal justice: gavel, handcuffs, scale
February 17, 2023

Alec Karakatsanis, a civil rights lawyer and social justice advocate, will discuss his work and his book, “Unusual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Justice System,” at the next Conversations on Race and Policing, which will be livestreamed on Zoom.

A makeshift memorial placed during protests over the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in 2014. Photo by Jamelle Bouie via Wikimedia Commons.
February 10, 2023

St. Louis-based writer, journalist, and poet Jacqui Germain will read from and discuss her debut collection of poetry, “Bittering the Wound,” a first-person retelling of the uprising in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer.