Making sense of Ferguson: race, police and community rights

November 14, 2014
Doudna Hall

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education will hold a forum, “Making Sense of Ferguson: Race, Police and Community Rights” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 in 136 Doudna Hall at 7 p.m.

At the forum, four UW-Platteville faculty members will address many of the issues surrounding the case involving Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager who was shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. After months of deliberation, a grand jury will soon decide whether to indict the officer for fatally shooting the teen. Protesters in Ferguson have called for the resignation of Thomas Jackson, chief of the Ferguson Police Department.

Dr. Rosalyn Broussard, professor of political science, will provide historical context about how the situation in Ferguson came to be. Dr. David Gillota, assistant professor of English, will discuss the issue of representation as it relates to Ferguson. Dr. Frank King, assistant professor of ethnic studies, will discuss the militarization of the police force and perceptions of race across America. Dr. Patrick Solar, instructor of criminal justice and a retired police chief, will discuss the role of the police and predictions of the grand jury outcome.

Megan Kubatzke, an environmental engineering and reclamation major and Chancellor's Scholar at UW-Platteville from Milwaukee, Wis., will moderate the forum.

The forum is sponsored by the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education’s ethnic studies program, social and environmental justice program and department of criminal justice.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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