“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.
Each year, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis selects a non-fiction book that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. This year, the Hooks National Book Award has gone to Simon Balto, professor of African American History at the University of Iowa, for his book, Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. Occupied Territory explores the development of a police system in Chicago’s Black neighborhoods that became simultaneously neglectful and brutally repressive over the course of the mid-twentieth century. On Tuesday at 6pm in a Facebook Live event on the Hooks Institute Facebook page, Balto will discuss his powerful work of history that speaks directly to our current crisis over race and policing and informs a national conversation about the racist foundations of the criminal justice system. Balto’s writing has appeared in TIME magazine, The Washington Post, and the Journal of African American History. This free event is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Program, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of History, and Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at the U of M.