• Fourth Biennial

    Interdisciplinary Conference on Race

    THEME: The Criminalization of Race in History and Global Societies: Social Activism and Equal Justice

    DATE: Thursday, April 16 – Saturday, April 18, 2015

    VENUE: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

    This conference is held in conjunction with the
    Global Understanding Convention.

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    The primary theme of the fourth biennial interdisciplinary conference on race at Monmouth University is race and criminal justice throughout history and across global societies with an emphasis on social activism and equal justice. Although the main conference theme is specifically related to race and justice, we welcome all papers on race in the U.S./global societies from a variety of disciplinary perspectives including history, anthropology, sociology, economics (and labor), education, communication studies, and cultural studies.

    Proposal Guidelines: Send a 150-word abstract and title for each paper, one page curriculum vitae for each participant, and contact information for each presenter by (extended) January 9, 2015 to Maryanne Rhett at:muraceconference@monmouth.edu. See the full Call For Proposals for more information.

    Suggested Paper/Panel Topics:

    • Race and the U.S. Criminal Justice System
    • Prison Education Programs
    • Prison Literature
    • Prison Labor and Corporations
    • Surveillance of Black Male Bodies
    • The Carceral State
    • African American Women in the U.S. Criminal Justice System
    • The School to Prison Pipeline
    • Race and the History of Mandatory Minimums
    • Race and the Criminal Justice System in Popular Media
    • African Americans and Police Brutality
    • Race, Gender, and Justice
    • Lynch Law in Global Perspective
    • Race and Sentencing
    • Mass Incarceration in World Societies
    • Race, Class, and Incarceration

    Keynote Speakers:

    Please use the available links for more information on our invited speakers.

    • Sarah Burns (co-director of The Central Park Five and author of the text on the same incident)
      Mr. Raymond Santana and Mr. Kevin Richardson of The Central Park Five will also participate as guest speakers at this conference. ​Watch an interview with Mr. Santana here.
    • Dr. Donna Murch (Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University)

    For More Information

    Please visit this Web site often for further updates. For more information, please send an e-mail to: Heidi Bludau.


    • Hettie V. Williams, Lecturer, African American History, Department of History and Anthropology, hwilliam@monmouth.edu
    • Dr. Rich Veit, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of History and Anthropology, rveit@monmouth.edu  

    Committee Members:

    • Heidi Bludau
    • Maureen Dorment
    • Susan Douglass
    • Edward Gonzalez-Tennant
    • Walter Greason
    • Brian Greenberg
    • Brooke Nappi
    • Maryanne Rhett
    • Karen Schmelzkopf
    • Melissa Ziobro

    Additional Information

    If there are any problems with this website, please contact Heidi Bludau.