Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably been following the protests, rioting, and dialogue surrounding the events in Ferguson, MO where an unarmed, Black 18 year old Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The tragedy has sparked a nationwide debate about racial inequality, police militarization, and social justice, and is perhaps the most significant domestic discussion the nation has had in recent years. While it is easy to forget that the discussion continues outside of the Middlebury bubble, a group of professors, administrators, and student organizations have organized a teach-in to continue this dialogue on campus. Roberto Lint-Sagarena, director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, writes:
Im writing to extend an invitation to a CCSRE Teach in on events in Ferguson, MO this Wednesday the 17th at 4:30-6:00 in Axinn 103. The structure of the event will be fairly informal – We will cover some information that helps to contextualize up front and then hold an open discussion for members of the Middlebury community. This event came together quickly in the first week of the semester so please forgive the rather sudden notification. I hope you can make it for even a part of our conversation. Word has gone out to a number of student organizations so we are looking forward to a good turn out.
Hope to see you there.
When: Wednesday, September 17 4:30-6:00
Where: Axinn 103