UPDATE: Duke Faculty To Hold Town Hall Forum On Ferguson, Mo. Shooting

The Monday evening forum in the Nelson Music Room is free and open to the public

Protesters in Ferguson, Mo. holding up a Stolen Lives Project banner listing people killed by policemen. | Photo credit: Loavesofbread
Protesters in Ferguson, Mo. holding up a Stolen Lives Project banner listing people killed by policemen. | Photo credit: Loavesofbread

Duke's African and African American studies department will hold a town hall forum on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., earlier this month. The shooting has led to protests around the country about racial profiling and the militarization of local police forces.

The Duke university community is invited to the event at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, in the Nelson Music Room on East Campus. Refreshments will be served.

Panelists include Angel Harris, professor of sociology and African American studies; Karla Holloway, English and law professor; Wahneema Lubiano, a professor of literature; Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of black popular culture; and Luke Powery, dean of the Duke Chapel. William "Sandy" Darity, director of the Duke Consortium on Social Equity, will moderate.

The faculty will take turns sharing their perspective on the shooting and the grand jury case before taking questions from students and others in the audience.

Attendees are encouraged to live tweet using the hashtag #Ferguson and #FergusonSyllabus.

Duke students have showed solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, holding several events, including a vigil, within the first week of school. In addition, Duke's Black Law Students' Association has organized a panel discussion on police brutality and race at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15, in Room 3043 of the Law School.