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Racism, Protest, and Law Enforcement: Historical Context for Contemporary Times

Images of anti-racist and of anti-government protesters have filled media feeds during recent weeks, making us eager to consider the historical context for such uprisings. Bringing together scholars who have studied the physical and economic displacement of black Americans as well as the Black Power movement and white supremacist organizations, including their interactions with the police, this program offers perspective on the news of today.

This program is presented in partnership with the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

Dr. Angela E. Addae is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where she focuses on Civil Rights Law, Social Enterprise Law, and Race & the Law. Her research examines how municipal redevelopment policies affect neighborhood institutions in urban settings. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, Addae practiced as a litigation attorney, primarily representing Oregon’s small businesses and large corporations in federal court. Addae enjoys advocating for her community through her service with the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs, the Oregon Chapter of the National Bar Association, and the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Angela Addae

Marisa Chappell is an associate professor of history at Oregon State University. She is the author of The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) and co-author of Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents (Routledge, 2010). She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, and is writing a book about ACORN’s community organizing and economic justice campaigns in the last third of the twentieth century.

Marisa Chappell

Judson L. Jeffries is Professor of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. He is the author of 8 books including one about the Black Panthers in Portland, Oregon. He has held prestigious fellowships and taught at Harvard University, Morehouse College and Virginia Tech. He is a Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Among his areas of specialization include police-community relations, political repression and 20th century uprisings.

Judson Jeffries

Joseph Lowndes is a professor of political science at University of Oregon. He has published widely on the history of race, white nationalism, and political conservatism, and he is an active observer and analyst of contemporary groups’ organizing around anti-Semitic, white supremacist, anti-government, and militia activity.

Joseph Lowndes

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