Marquette University News Release

Marquette University Ralph H. Metcalfe Chair to give lecture on how data destroyed the promise of civil rights for African-Americans

February 18, 2014

Event Information:
Date: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall,
1215 W. Michigan St.

One of Marquette University’s three Ralph H. Metcalfe Chairs this semester, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library, will give a lecture titled, “Guilty Until Statistically Proven Innocent: How Data Destroyed the Promise of Civil Rights,” Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall, located at 1215 W. Michigan St.

Muhammad is a renowned scholar who studies the link between race and crime and how it has shaped and limited opportunities for African-Americans. A former associate professor of history at Indiana University, his book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. Muhammad is currently working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow. His research has been covered widely by outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio and more.

Named for Marquette alumnus Ralph H. Metcalfe, the Metcalfe Chair is a non-residential chair that brings an African-American, Latino/a or Native American scholar to Marquette each semester.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Department of History. For more information, call the Department of History at (414) 288-7217.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Chris Stolarski, senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication, at (414) 288-1988.


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