UTEP Presents Series Focusing on Race, Authority and Violence in 21st Century America

The University of Texas at El Paso is presenting a series of lectures, panel discussions, and conferences featuring experts from around the country who will focus on issues regarding race, authority and violence in 21st Century America.

High-profile speakers include Nancy Rodríguez, director of the National Institute of Justice, the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice; and José Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who garnered international attention when he chronicled his life as an undocumented immigrant in a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine essay.

“This conference is organized with the idea that knowledge should be useful to our community and that it should extend beyond the walls of our university. It is centered on gender and race because we would like to include issues of police brutality and other forms of violence affecting not only men but also women and transgender men and women,” said Selfa A. Chew, Ph.D., interim director of UTEP’s African American Studies program.

All events are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

  • Introduction to the Race, Authority and Violence in 21st Century America Series, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. Speakers include Maissa Khatib, Ph.D., director of UTEP’s Arabic Program; Mary Cuadrado, Ph.D., chair of Criminal Justice; and Gina Nuñez-Mchiri, Ph.D., interim director of Women and Gender Studies. Panelists will address these topics from throughout American history to present-day events.
  • Panel discussion, “The Use of Force in Policing”, 10:30 – 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Union Cinema. Participants will be Jeff Rojek, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice at UTEP; David Klinger, Ph.D., professor of criminology and criminal justice at University of Missouri – St. Louis; Michael R. Smith, Ph.D., director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration at UTEP; and Shaun Gabbidon, Ph.D., professor of criminal justice at Penn State University Harrisburg.
  • José Antonio Vargas on Race, Immigration and Detainment, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Undergraduate Learning Center (UGLC) Room 106
  • Nancy Rodríguez, director of the National Institute of Justice, 10:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, Union Cinema
  • The Voices of Those Victimized by the Use of Force in Policing, 10:30 – 11:50 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19, Union Cinema
  • Student Conference on Gender, Race and Violence, 8:30 – 11:50 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Liberal Arts Building

The series was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.