Renowned scholar on race, criminal justice to speak March 25

March 21, 2014 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, — Social Justice and Human Service, Law
By Aimee Portala

Renowned scholar Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Criminality, and the Making of Modern America, will give the second annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture for The University of Toledo School of Interdisciplinary Studies.



He will discuss contemporary issues of race and criminal law Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium.

Muhammad is a leading academic on the enduring link between race and crime that has shaped and limited opportunities for African Americans.

Formerly a professor of history at Indiana University, Muhammad was appointed the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library in 2010.

Since taking on the directorship of the Schomburg Center, he has become a sought-after analyst of such issues as “stand-your-ground” legislation and the current crisis of mass incarceration.

“I treasure this opportunity to wed my passion for African-American history with my commitment to scholarship,” Muhammad said. “I am committed to promoting the voice of black people as they have engaged in the most significant issues of our times. What matters to me is that they and people of the African diaspora are able to articulate why their humanity matters, to show and showcase their contributions to the world, and to have in a sense a history that is validated and respected and made meaningful to humanity at large.”

He is working on a book titled, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, a follow-up to his first influential historical treatment of race and criminality.

For more information on the free, public lecture, contact Dr. Renee Heberle, renee.heberle@utoledo, director of the UT Inside Out Prison Exchange Project, or Charlene Gilbert, director of the UT School of Interdisciplinary Studies, at

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