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Forum to Cover Racial Issues, War on Drugs

A history professor and his students will host the “Race and the War on Drugs” event, featuring keynote speaker David Singleton of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center.

Date: 11/20/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-8577

UC ingot   Students and faculty from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of History have organized a “Race and the War on Drugs” forum for next month.

Educator assistant professor Charles F. Casey-Leininger and his “History of the Civil Rights Movement” class have studied Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (New York: New Press, 2010), and they will host this special event. The forum is open to the UC community and the general public, and it will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in McMicken Hall, Room 43.

The keynote speaker will be David A. Singleton, executive director of the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. The Cincinnati-based nonprofit law office works for statewide reform of the criminal justice system, including the elimination of racial disparities.

Associate professor of history Isaac Campos-Costero will provide historic context on the war on drugs. Campos-Costero is the author of several 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).

Ronald L. Jackson II, dean of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, will open the forum with welcoming remarks and an introduction of the speakers.

For more information, contact Casey-Leininger at 513-556-2167.

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