UCLA Law’s Eighth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium “Race and Resistance: Against Police Violence” To Be Held October 16th & 17th

WHAT: UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies Program will present its Eighth Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium: “Race and Resistance: Against Police Violence.” Over a day and a half, the event will convene academics, advocates and activists from around the country to explore the forms that police violence takes, investigate the causes and consequences of police misconduct, and identify solutions.  Areas to be addressed include juvenile justice and the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, the policing of gender, sexuality and gender identity, immigration and national security, and the welfare state. 

WHO:  In addition to numerous community activists and advocates, participants will include:

  • Karen Bass, Congresswoman, 37th District of California
  • Holly J. Mitchell, California State Senator, 30th District
  • Patrisse Cullors, Co-founder #BlackLivesMatter, and founder, Dignity & Power Now
  • Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York
  • Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Professor, Harvard Law School
  • UCLA Law Professors Cheryl Harris, Beth Colgan, Devon Carbado, Kimberlé Crenshaw and Joanna Schwartz
  • Gene Block, UCLA Chancellor and Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean of UCLA School of Law

WHEN:  Friday, October 16, 2015:  5:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, October 17, 2015:  9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at UCLA School of Law.

BACKGROUND:  Established in 2000, UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies program is the premier institutional setting for the study of the intersection between race and the law. The only program of its kind in the United States, CRS is anchored by renowned scholars whose research represents the cutting edge of critical race theory in legal scholarship and related disciplines.

The cornerstone of the program is an academic course of study, the CRS specialization, which has quickly emerged as a training ground for a new generation of practitioners, scholars and advocates, attracting the top students from around the country committed to racial justice scholarship and legal practice.

The CRS program augments coursework with research colloquia, interdisciplinary collaborations, community partnerships, and its annual symposia.  Established in 2007, through a collaboration of CRS students and faculty, the CRS Symposium seeks to foreground the most innovative ideas and strategies to end racial injustice, to promote learning and collaboration across disciplines, and to integrate racial justice theory and practice.

CONTACT:  Lauri Gavel, (310) 206-2611, gavel@law.ucla.edu or Kathy Wyer, (310) 206-1766, wyer@law.ucla.edu