Professor Fritz Casey-Leininger and his class on the History of the Civil Rights Movement will be hosting a forum on Race and the War on Drugs on December 4th, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in McMicken Hall, room 43. The forum is open to the UC community and to the general public.

The keynote speaker will be David A. Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. The OJPC is a Cincinnati based non-profit law office that works for the state-wide reform of the criminal justice system, including the eliminating of racial disparities within it.

To help put the discussion in a broader prospective, Professor Isaac Campos will provide historic context on the War on Drugs. Professor Campos is the author of Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)

Dean Ronald Jackson of the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences will open the forum with welcoming remarks and an introduction of the speakers.

Students in the class will have prepared for the forum by reading and discussing, The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (New York: New Press, 2010), by Michelle Alexander.