Earlier this month, Associate Professor Michael Lewis moderated a panel discussion at Hunter’s Roosevelt House entitled “Can Cops and Community Get Together?” The session explored enduring issues of race and law enforcement that continue to weigh on the city and nation with gathering force, ranging across the spectrum of criminal justice, from stop and frisk encounters to harsh solitary confinement, and from Ferguson to Baltimore. Other speakers included Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele of Community for Police Reform and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Susan Herman, Deputy Commissioner, Collaborative Policing, New York Police Department. Video of the discussion is available here.
Roosevelt House, an integral part of Hunter College since 1943, reopened in 2010 as a public policy institute honoring the distinguished legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Its mission is three-fold: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue.