Kent State's Department of Pan-African Studies to Hold Roundtable Discussion as Part of a Yearlong Series

Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies will hold a roundtable discussion on police state, militarism, brutality and the use of deadly force at an upcoming event.

protesters hold sign that reads "Fight for Your Right"“Violence and the Pan-African World: Inspiring Change” will take place Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Room 230, African Community Theatre at Ritchie Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Kent State professors and community organizers, including George Garrison, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies, Linda Piccirillo-Smith, associate lecturer at Kent State, and Kent State alumnus DaMareo Cooper, will participate on the panel. This event will kick off a yearlong conversation that will address the issue of violence on a national and global scale, and the impact it has on people of African descent.

Future events in this series include:

  • Boko Haram: Religion, Gender and War, October 2014
  • Ebola: What You Need to Know About the State of Healthcare in Africa, November 2014
  • Race and Crime: Personal Values, Community Priorities and Partner Violence, February 2015
  • Native Americans’ Reliance in the Face of Violence, March 2015 
  • Physiological and Psychological Impact of Racialized Violence, April 2015

For more information about Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies, visit

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014 04:33 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Jim Maxwell