Edward and Ilene Katz Lowenthal Symposium Series | The Color of Policing Symposium (COPS): Youth, Education, and Activism

The Department of Education, Department of Sociology, and the Office of the Vice Provost at Washington University in St. Louis are proud to announce the spring installment of the Edward and Ilene Katz Lowenthal Symposium, entitled “The Color of Policing Symposium (COPS): Youth, Education and Activism,” scheduled to take place April 19 – 20, 2018. 

The Lowenthal Symposium Series is dedicated to understanding and improving the lives and educational experiences of urban youth. This year, the series is focusing on two institutions that are reshaping the life-chances of young people of color, namely schools and policing. A growing body of research is suggesting that a sizable share of individuals that have had experiences with criminal justice were first introduced to the system through schools. Related to this fact is a new Missouri statute that took effect on January 1, 2017 and reclassified physical altercations between youth of all ages from a misdemeanor to a Class E felony. In addition, the recent Stockley verdict (and others like it around the nation) has prompted St. Louis residents to raise, again, the questions that have gone unanswered in the wake of Ferguson. This symposium will therefore consider how forces within and beyond schoolhouse walls have increased the odds that youth of color will have encounters with police, including law and justice; political economic factors; urban space; and social movements, among others.