Prof. Katheryn Russell-Brown, CSRRR Director
We hope you enjoy our first online newsletter. It’s packed with information about upcoming events, recent campus and community collaborations, our scholarship on race, and notable books on race.
With the objective of fostering communities of dialogue, CSRRR embraces historically and empirically based thinking, talking, teaching and writing on race. To this end, the Center creates and supports programs designed to enhance race-related curriculum development for faculty, staff and students in collegiate and professional schools.
Please join us in our work.
Prof. Katheryn Russell-Brown
Spring Lecture 2019
Judge Mark W. Bennett will give the CSRRR 2019 Spring Lecture. Judge Bennett’s talk, “Getting Explicit About Implicit Bias,” will address the ways the court system, particularly judges, can reduce the negative impact of implicit racial bias in their courtrooms. Judge Bennett was a U.S. District Court Judge in the Northern District of Iowa, from 1994 to 2019. He has written over 1,400 court opinions, 24 law review articles, and trained over 2,500 trial and appellate judges on implicit bias.
The talk will take place Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the UF Levin College of Law in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. Judge Bennett’s talk will be followed by a discussion with the audience and a reception.
Student Panel: Law Students Writing on Social Justice and Race
February 13, 2019 & February 27, 2019
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Levin College of Law, 355C Holland Hall
Join us as law students present papers they have written on a range of current topics related to race and social justice.
George Starke to Receive Honorary Degree
In 1958, George Starke was the first Black student admitted to the University of Florida. He enrolled at the law school and completed three semesters of course work. After leaving UF, he had a long and successful career in banking and energy. Last fall, sixty years after he desegregated UF, Mr. Starke was nominated for an honorary degree. The nomination was recommended and approved by the UF Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees. CSRRR is thrilled that Mr. Starke will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at UF’s Spring 2019 law school graduation. We greatly appreciate the guidance and support Mr. Starke has provided CSRRR over the years.
Mr. George Starke with Prof. Russell-Brown at the CSRRR 60th Anniversary event
Museum Nights at the Harn Museum
At the invitation of the Harn Museum, CSRRR co-sponsored Museum Nights at the Harn on January 10, 2019. The gathering of UF and local community members included a private viewing of the “I, Too, Am America,” photography exhibit by Steve Schapiro.
On February 24, 2019, at 3:00 pm, Diedre Houchen (CSRRR Postdoctoral Associate) will facilitate a community dialogue in conjunction with the exhibition. The dialogue is open to the public. Please join us!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, photograph from Harn Museum exhibition
On the Scholarship Road with CSRRR Director, Professor Russell-Brown
Last September, Prof. Russell-Brown was invited to participate in an international symposium of race and crime scholars. The conference, “Race Matters: A New Dialogue Between Criminology and Sociology,” was held at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, London School of Economics, September 7-8, 2018. The conference organizers, professors Coretta Phillips, Alpa Parmar, and Rod Earle, invited 25 scholars to address concrete strategies for creating greater engagement between criminology and sociology around race, critique our understandings of multiple racisms, and foster an expanded international and interdisciplinary approach to race, ethnicity and crime.
The conference papers, including Professor Russell-Brown’s “The Art of Black Criminology,” are slated for publication in an academic journal later this year.