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Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health Guest Lecture: Prisons, Policing, and Premature Death - Why Abolition Matters for Public Health

Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health Guest Lecture: Prisons, Policing, and Premature Death - Why Abolition Matters for Public Health

Date 
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location 
43-105 CHS Los Angeles , CA
California US
Featuring 
Roberto Sirvent

Abstract:

This lecture examines the historical roots of prisons and policing—especially as they relate to the institution of slavery—and how movements for abolition can inform debates about public health. It invites public health practitioners to study how the state inflicts mass suffering on its people, especially on communities of color. Throughout the seminar, we examine alternatives to prisons and police. These alternatives help us imagine more creative ways to deal with interpersonal harm and address the root causes of crime and mental illness. Ultimately, the seminar invites public health scholars to be more sensitive to the daily trauma, terror, and anxiety experienced by Black communities under the eye of the U.S. police state.

About the speaker:

Roberto Sirvent is Professor of Political and Social Ethics at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. He also teaches regularly at Claremont School of Theology and Yale University’s Summer Bioethics Institute. Roberto earned an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a Ph.D from the London School of Theology in the UK. He is co-author (with Danny Haiphong) of the new book, American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. Roberto edits the Black Agenda Report Book Forum and has held appointments as a Visiting Scholar at Yale University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Copenhagen. He’s currently working on two book projects: one on Bioethics and Black Suffering and the other called Abolitionist Ethics and Mutual Aid.