Events And Outreach
IRJ hosts and co-hosts a number of events on topics involving race and justice issues throughout the year. The Institute also hosts a monthly lunch-time research discussion series, intended to provide an opportunity for all IRJ scholars and those interested in research on race and justice topics to share research projects and raise questions for discussion.
The following is a list of upcoming and past IRJ events in and around the Boston area. Please contact the Institute at 617-373-4678 or email@example.com if you have questions about these events.
- James Bell
Director of The W. Haywood Burns Institute
- Bart Lubow
Senior Program Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Judge Martha Grace
Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court
- Joseph Carter
Chief of the MBTA Police Department
- Robert Gittens
Chairperson, Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Action Committee
- Jane Wiseman
Director, Programs Division, Executive Office of Public Safety
- Robin Dahlberg
Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU
They will address the following questions:
- What is disproportionate minority contact? Does it exist in Massachusetts?
- What impact does it have on Massachusetts’ communities of color?
- How have other cities and states successfully reduced the over-representation of youth of color in their juvenile justice systems?
- What are the barriers to detention reform in Massachusetts?
- What steps can be taken to overcome those barriers?
Dr. Charles Ogletree, Jr., "Brown v. Board of Education: A Fifty Year Assessment"
March 26, 2004
Northeastern University School of Law
97 Cargill Hall
Followed by a book signing and panel discussion from 1:30-3:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Department of African-American Studies at 617-373-3148.
IRJ Research Discussion Series: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Justice Workplace
February 24, 2004
Geoff Ward, College of Criminal Justice
12:00-1:30 p.m., 301 Churchill Hall
Ford Hall Forum Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Lecture: Citizen King
January 22, 2004
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall
Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston
A free public lecture and discussion with documentary filmmaker ORLANDO BAGWELL about the last 5 years in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Moderated by Dr. Geoff Ward of the College of Criminal Justice and the Institute on Race & Justice, Northeastern University.
Presented in cooperation with Northeastern University and in collaboration with the Institute on Race & Justice and WGBH
For more information call the Ford Hall Forum at (617) 373-5800 or visit our website at http://www.fordhallforum.neu.edu
IRJ Research Discussion Series: Partnering for Prevention: Developing Strategies to Enhance Understanding Between Law Enforcement and Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Communities
January 07, 2004
Deborah Ramirez, School of Law, and Sasha O'Connell, IRJ
12:00-1:30 p.m., 301 Churchill Hall
IRJ Research Discussion Series: Learning from the Experiences of Battered Immigrant, Refugee, and Indigenous Women Involved with Child Protective Services
December 18, 2003
Pualani Enos, Domestic Violence Institute, School of Law
12:00-1:30 p.m., 301 Churchill Hall
Hate Crimes Forum: "I Hate You So Much Right Now": Hate Crimes In America, Past, Present, and Future
October 15, 2003
A Hate Crime Forum co-sponsored by IRJ and the Northeastern University NAACP Chapter. The forum was designed to enlighten members of the Northeastern and Boston communities about the direct and indirect affects of hate crimes within the United States, to alleviate the misconception that hate crimes only affect particular groups of people, and to outline the evolutionary context of hate crimes, past, present, and future. The event consisted of a panel of experts in the field, including representatives from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), and Dr. Jack Levin, Director of Northeastern's Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute and co-author of Hate Crimes Revisted (2003), moderated the panel.
IRJ Research Discussion Series: Sex and Race Disparities in Departures from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines: Implications of New Federal Legislation
October 08, 2003
Amy Farrell, CCJPR/IRJ
12:00-1:30 p.m., Clifford Lounge, First Floor Churchill Hall
Disproportionate Minority Confinement Report Release
June 02, 2003
The Institute on Race and Justice, in collaboration with the National Office of the ACLU, Boston Youth Advocacy Project, the Suffolk University Law School, and Citizens for Juvenile Justice, co-sponsored a community forum to discuss the causes and implications of Disproportionate Minority Confinement in Massachusetts. This community forum followed the public release of the ACLU report entitled "Disproportionate Minority Confinement in Massachusetts: Failures in Assessing and Addressing the Overrepresentation of Minoritis in the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System".
Reconstructing the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Charting Intervention Strategies of Prevention and Support for Minority Children
May 16, 2003 - May 17, 2003
The Institute on Race and Justice, in collaboration with The Civil Rights Project (CRP) at Harvard University, sponsored a conference on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The goals of the conference were to commission research that will explore how school policies and practices may be affecting the flow of certain students into the criminal justice system and to better understand how educational institutions can work in concert with community and public agencies to implement programs of intervention and prevention.
Confronting Racial Profiling in the 21st Century: Implications for Racial Justice
March 08, 2003 - March 09, 2003
The Institute on Race and Justice, in collaboration with the Police Executive Research Forum, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lamberth Consulting, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), convened a two-day workshop entitled "Confronting Racial Profiling in the 21st Century: Implications for Racial Justice." This event was generously funded by the Open Society Institute-Gideon Project, a project of the Soros Foundation.
This conference brought together individuals with experience dealing with racial profiling from advocacy, analysis, police management, and community perspectives. The constituencies included: social science experts currently working with jurisdictions on racial profiling analysis; researchers, community groups, and civil rights organizations with a vested interest in the topic; police officers and executives involved in local data collection efforts; and teams of community members, police personnel, and analysts who are working together in partnerships around the issue of racial profiling data collection.
From this workshop, IRJ and its partners will produce a publication for police, community groups, legislators, and research analysts to help explain and identify the complex issues around racial profiling analysis, particularly with regard to benchmarking, using post-stop data, auditing, and police-community partnerships.
Angela Davis, "Radical Frameworks for Social Justice"
March 08, 2003
In conjunction with the Racial Profiling conference, IRJ hosted an evening plenary session with Angela Davis as a keynote speaker on "Radical Frameworks for Social Justice." Over 750 people attended the event, which was followed by a private reception with Professor Davis and IRJ invited guests. Professor Davis focused her lecture around racial profiling, the prison industrial complex, and the failure of our education system to educate our youth. She also emphasized the importance of academia-community partnerships as a tool for providing information towards affecting social policy, saying, "It's absolutely crucial to conduct this kind of research and to make it accessible to community workers and police departments, so that something can be done strategically toward the cessation of racial profiling."
“Two Towns of Jasper” Pre-Screening and Panel Discussion
January 15, 2003
The Institute collaborated with WGBH, Boston’s local public broadcaster, to host a pre-screening and panel discussion of the film "Two Towns of Jasper" at Northeastern University. The documentary film explores race relations in the town where James Byrd, Jr., an African American resident, was brutally dragged to death in 1998. The moderator and panelists for the discussion after the screening of the film were Robin Chandler, associate professor Northeastern University, Jack Levin, director, Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict, Reverend Zina Jacque, Trinity Church, involved with Ten Point Coalition, and Samuel Williams, co-chair, Institute on Race and Justice Advisory Board, Northeastern University.
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Lessons from Bulgaria
November 05, 2002
A conference cosponsored by Northeastern University’s Brudnick for the Study of Conflict and Violence and the Insitute on Race and Justice that focused on lesson that Bulgaria's World War II resistance can teach about ethnic conflict and violence. During WWII, not a single Jewish resident of Bulgaria was deported to a death camp, despite the fact that Bulgaria was allied with the Nazis. This conference was an attempt to identify the factors which served as the impetus to such extraordinary action by Bulgarians on behalf of their Jewish neighbors and to locate lessons from the Bulgarian experience that can serve to reduce inter-group conflict and violence in the contemporary world. The conference included two panel discussions focusing on cultures of tolerance in World War II Bulgaria and the present day, as well as a screening of portions of the film, "The Optimists," a story of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from the Holocaust.
Assessing the Causes and Consequences of September 11th, 2001
October 03, 2001 - October 25, 2001
A series of Thursday discussions cosponsored by the Department of Political Science, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Institute on Race and Justice, and the Office of the Provost.
EVENTS AND OUTREACH