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Occupied Territory: Policing and Racism in Twentieth-Century Chicago

July 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

- Free

In this talk, Professor Simon Balto (University of Iowa) will talk about his recent book on policing and race in Chicago, between 1919 and the early 1970s. His talk will offer better historical context for understanding modern movements like Black Lives Matter, and will also serve as an opportunity to reflect upon the 100-year anniversary of Chicago’s 1919 Red Summer riot and the 50-year anniversary of the Chicago Police Department’s 1969 assassination of Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


About the Speaker

Dr. Simon Balto teaches, researches, and writes about African American history in the United States. His first book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), explores the development of a police system in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods that over the course of the mid-twentieth century became simultaneously brutally repressive and neglectful. His writing has also appeared in TIME magazine, The Washington PostThe Progressive, the Journal of African American HistoryLabor, and numerous other popular and scholarly outlets. Professor Balto earned his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in 2015, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in African American Studies. He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation, among others.


About the Series:

Humanities Iowa has generously funded another series of presentations from visiting historians, professors, and lecturers. This year’s series will be tied to our current exhibit, Driven By Hope, which focuses on African American migration following the Civil War. The presentations are between February and July. Topics will focus on responses to migration – music, fashion, food, social responses, legal responses, and even some discussion on current migration and immigration issues. Be sure to join us for these free, engaging, and thought-provoking presentations!


July 11, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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