Virtual Discussion Series

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 5:30pm

This discussion series provides students with an opportunity to think about the most recent wave of brutal police violence in the United States in a global perspective. Participants will do up to an hour of reading, viewing, or listening in advance of each conversation; there will be no structured presentations. The goal is for students who complete the series to be able to explain how racialized and militarized policing in the USA shape and are shaped by historical and contemporary global connections and processes. 

Participants will receive links to the readings, videos, or audio clips prior to each session.

To register, visit:

Once registered, participants will use the same Zoom meeting ID and password for each session.



Race - Wednesday, July 1st, 4-5:30 PM

Settler Colonialism - Wednesday, July 8th, 4-5:30 PM

Racial Capitalism - Wednesday, July 15th, 4-5:30 PM

Transnationalism - Wednesday, July 22nd, 4-5:30 PM

Policing in the USA - Wednesday, July 29th, 4-5:30 PM

Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center and PITT Global Hub


Week 1 & 2

Stark, Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik: Criminal Empire: The Making of the Savage in a Lawless Land

Podcast: Episode 4 - Red and Black DNA, Blood, Kinship and Organizing with Kim Tallbear

Week 3 Racial Capitalism

Watch this lecture at the Simpson Institute by Robin Kelley 

Week 4 Transnationalism

Watch this video discussion with Stuart Schrader, author of Badges without Borders

Week 5 Policing in the USA

Listen to this podcast, “American Police,” on NPR’s Throughline, with Khalil Gibran Muhammad