Pryor Center Launches 2020-21 Season of Signature Lecture Series

Pryor Center Launches 2020-21 Season of Signature Lecture Series

October 12, 2020 0 By administrator


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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Racism, social justice and policing will be the focus this semester of the 2020-21 signature lecture series, Pryor Center Presents, hosted by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

The series is part of the Pryor Center’s expanded mission of education, research and outreach. Events are being held via Zoom once a month and are free and open to the public.

The series had its first lecture last month and will continue at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, with “Shopping While Black: Hidden Injustices in the Private Justice System,” presented by Shaun L. Gabbidon.

Gabbidon is a fellow at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and distinguished professor of criminal justice at Penn State-Harrisburg.

This lecture will discuss the use of racial profiling to identify shoplifters in retail settings – also referred to as consumer racial profiling – as well as provide an overview of the private justice system that exists within the retail field.

Gabbidon will draw on his two decades of research on the topic, as well as his own experience as a security executive for a major retailer, to provide socio-historical context that fostered the development of the practice.

Registration is required for each event, and registration information for the Gabiddon event is available online.

On Nov. 4, the community is invited to join the Pryor Center for “Peril on Patrol: Death, Danger and U.S. Policing.”

The talk will be presented by Michael Sierra-Arévalo, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Sierra-Arévalo will discuss how policing’s cultural preoccupation with danger and death can shape police training, practice and policy.

Registration information for the Sierra-Arévalo event is available online.

The fall portion of the series will culminate on Dec. 3, with Natalie Todak, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Todak will present “Body-Worn Cameras and Police Accountability: High Hopes, Lackluster Evidence.” She will talk about body-worn camera research and policy, the disconnect between public expectations and reality, and how the technology can better contribute to police reform.

Registration information for the Todak event is available online.

Pryor Center Presents kicked off last month with “Feeling Riots: The Emotional Language of Urban Rebellion,” presented by Lisa M. Corrigan, professor in the U of A Department of Communication.  

Corrigan’s presentation is also available online.

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