The History Behind America’s Police Crisis
Date & Time4:00pm CDT April 27
4:00pm CDT April 27
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents may attend. Click here to register.
Dr. Simon Balto
Simon Balto is an assistant professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Iowa, and author of the multi-award-winning book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. His writing has appeared in many different publications, from Time, The Washington Post, and The Baffler to academic journals such as The Journal of African American History and The Journal of Urban History. His new research projects include a critical biography of Fred Hampton (under contract with Haymarket Books); an examination of the phenomenon of white criminals donning blackface before committing crimes during the United States’ Jim Crow era; and a history of white mob terrorism in post-Reconstruction America and the political effects thereof. These new projects are currently supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.