"Defunding" the Police and the History of Policing in America

Guest Speaker to Address the History of Policing in HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Online Location, https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117

Cries to "defund the police" have recently animated demonstrations for social justice around the country, becoming a major issue in the upcoming presidential election. In her guest lecture, Katie Hemphill, Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona, will illuminate the meaning of this slogan, the inequities that led to its widespread use, and the origins of policing in America. Professor Hemphill is the author of Bawdy City: Commercialized Sex and Regulation in Baltimore, 1790-1915 and teaches classes on "The History of Manhood & Masculinity," "The Civil War and Reconstruction," and "The History of Crime in America, 1607 to the Present." She is also a Mason alum, having graduated with her B.A. in History in 2006 and her M.A. in History in 2008 before going on to Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a second M.A. in History in 2010 and her doctorate in 2014. 

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020, taught by Prof. Meredith Lair, examines the historical contexts and antecedents of major issues in the presidential election. Students have recently examined the design and function of the American electoral process, the history of American suffrage, and the African American Freedom Struggle. Subsequent units will examine Civil War memorials, civil-military relations, immigration, the US Postal Service, #metoo, climate change, and the global pandemic. 

You're Invited! The public is invited to join Prof. Lair's students for Prof. Hemphill's talk via Zoom at the link or call-in number below.

HIST 389: The History of the Election of 2020: "Defunding" the Police and the History of Policing"

Monday, Sept. 21, 3:00-4:15 PM EDT

Join Zoom Meeting: 

  • Online: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/91213843117
  • Dial in phone number: 301-715-8592
  • Meeting ID: 912 1384 3117



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