The Ferguson Conjuncture: Why the Humanities Matter Now
The killing of Michael Brown and the callous and cruel responses to it by legally constituted authorities have rightly been perceived as evidence of failures of the criminal justice system and the political system. In addition, the events, actions and ideas emerging from the crucible of conflict in Ferguson also reveal a betrayal of the promise of the humanities to teach discernment, judgment and empathy as tools for envisioning a common and creative human existence.
George Lipsitz is Professor of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ferguson, Missouri, Humanities, Michael Brown, criminal justice, police, race
Arts and Humanities | Criminology | Other American Studies | Race and Ethnicity
Lipsitz, George. "The Ferguson Conjuncture: Why the Humanities Matter Now." Ensemble video, 01:44:34. March 29, 2016. https://ensemble.dickinson.edu/Watch/En6r5F8Q