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  • Fourth Biennial

    Interdisciplinary Conference on Race

    THEME: The Criminalization of Race in History and Global Societies: Social Activism and Equal Justice

    DATE: Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18, 2015

    VENUE: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

    This conference is held in conjunction with the
    Global Understanding Convention.


    Please note that Registration and the Opening Ceremony, as well as most panels, will take place in Magill Commons. View our campus map with a link to parking information and directions to campus.

    The primary theme of the fourth biennial interdisciplinary conference on race at Monmouth University is race and criminal justice throughout history and across global societies with an emphasis on social activism and equal justice. Although the main conference theme is specifically related to race and justice, we welcome all papers on race in the U.S./global societies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including history, anthropology, sociology, economics (and labor), education, communication studies, and cultural studies.

    Distinguished Speakers:

    Sarah Burns

    Sarah Burns

    Sarah was born and raised in Walpole, New Hampshire. She graduated from Yale University in 2004 with a degree in American Studies, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, David McMahon, and their daughter. Sarah Burns is the author of The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding (Knopf, 2011) and, along with David McMahon and Ken Burns, the producer, writer and director of the documentary The Central Park Five, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. She is currently working on a film about the life and times of Jackie Robinson. (Source: Florentine Films website)

    Mr. Raymond Santana and Mr. Kevin Richardson of The Central Park Five will also participate as guest speakers at this conference. ​Watch an interview with Mr. Santana.

    Donna Murch

    Dr. Donna Murch

    Dr. Murch's scholarly interests include the urban history of California and New York; Civil Rights, Black Power and postwar social movements; history of policing and prisons; and the political economy of drugs. She is currently researching the postwar history of the Bronx and completing a new book on youth culture and underground economy. From 2010 to 2012, she served as the co-director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis (RCHA) and for the Black Atlantic Lecture Series. (Source: Rutgers University History Department webpage)

    Nicolle Parsons-Pollard

    Dr. Nicolle Parsons-Pollard

    Nicolle Parsons-Pollard is an associate professor in the criminal justice program at Virginia State University (VSU) and Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Operations. Dr. Parsons-Pollard is also a member of the 2014-2015 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program. Her current research interests include disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and program evaluation. She is the co-organizer of the only conference in Virginia on DMC and published an edited volume Disproportionate Minority Contact Current Issues and Policies and a number of other scholarly articles. She also continues her work with a host of local agencies and evaluates numerous juvenile and adult programs as well as provides training on evidence-based practices for city and state employees including law enforcement.

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    Please visit this Web site often for further updates. For more information, please send an e-mail to: Heidi Bludau.


    • Hettie V. Williams, Lecturer, African American History, Department of History and Anthropology,
    • Dr. Rich Veit, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of History and Anthropology,  

    Committee Members:

    • Heidi Bludau
    • Maureen Dorment
    • Susan Douglass
    • Edward Gonzalez-Tennant
    • Walter Greason
    • Brian Greenberg
    • Brooke Nappi
    • Sanjeev Rao
    • Maryanne Rhett
    • Karen Schmelzkopf
    • Melissa Ziobro

    Additional Information

    If there are any problems with this website, please contact Heidi Bludau.