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Professor Donald Tibbs Discusses Mass Incarceration, Race and Policing at Upcoming Appearances

Donald Tibbs

January 29, 2016

Professor Donald Tibbs will speak at the Policing in America Symposium hosted by Washington and Lee University on Jan. 29.

He is appearing on a panel on “Questioning the Trajectory of Mass Incarceration Policy” with One Thousand Arms Founder and Managing Director Kara Dansky and Professor andré douglas pond cummings of Indiana Tech Law School, with whom he co-edited “Hip Hop and the Law.” The book is a collection of essays exploring intersections between the subjects, including how hyper-policing, wrongful imprisonment and other legal injustices have been chronicled in hip hop music and culture. The volume was inspired by a course and lecture series of the same name, which Tibbs created.

It is the first in a series of speaking engagements for Tibbs on the topics of race, law, civil rights and criminal procedure.

On Feb. 11, Tibbs will give the keynote at a Franklin & Marshall College event focusing on a string of incidents in which unarmed African Americans suffered physical harm or death after confrontations with police officers, sparking demonstrations across the country. He will present “Hip Hop and the American Constitution: Race and Policing in the Post Civil Rights Era.”

He will also present on Social Media as a Crime Scene at the Feb. 12 Justice Reform Conference at Penn State University. The talk will consider social media, social expression, free speech and artistic communication in the context of the Elonis v. United States case, which probed the use of threatening language in Facebook posts.