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.
After Registration participants will receive links to the readings, videos, or audio clips prior to each session.
To view Syllabus please click here!
The pop-up course will take place every Tuesday for 10 consecutive weeks. The first session start date is September 15 at 3 PM
Pre-Reads: Prior to class, students should review the entire syllabus and its policies, read and consider the suggested course contract, and watch The Force (2017).
Week 1, Introduction:
Watch The Force (2017). Available on Amazon and Netflix.
Week 2, Race:
Listen to these two podcasts from the “Seeing White” series from Scene-on Radio.
Week 3, Colonialism and Settler-Colonialism:
Listen to The Henceforward Podcast, Episode 4: Red and Black DNA, Blood, Kinship, and Organizing with Kim Tallbear: http://www.thehenceforward.com/episodes/2016/7/25/episode-3-red-and-black-dna-blood-kinship-and-organizing-with-kim-tallbear
Read: Criminal Empire: The Making of the Savage in a Lawless Land By Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark (available on Canvas)
Week 4, Racial Capitalism:
Watch this lecture at the Simpson Institute by Robin Kelley: What is Racial Capitalism and Why Does it Matter? https://simpsoncenter.org/content/what-racial-capitalism-and-why-does-it-matter
Week 5, Transnationalism:
Watch this video discussion with Stuart Schrader, author of Badges without Borders: https://www.c-span.org/video/?465425-1/badges-borders
Week 6, Militarization:
Watch Do Not Resist (2016). Available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vimeo
Week 7, Policing in the USA:
Listen to this podcast, “American Police,” on NPR’s Throughline, with Khalil Gibran Muhammad: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/869f046127
Week 8, Defunding the Police:
Listen to this podcast, “Ruth Wilson Gilmore Makes the Case for Abolition” on The Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2020/06/10/ruth-wilson-gilmore-makes-the-case-for-abolition/
Week 9, The Transatlantic Slave Trade and Prison Abolition:
Watch 13th (2016). Available on youtube: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8)
Week 10, Activist Intervention:
Watch Antigone in Ferguson: https://www.pbs.org/video/house-seats-antigone-in-ferguson-vzpdg7/
Week 1 & 2
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