America on Fire: A Conversation on Police Violence & Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
Online Event | Please Register Below
Please join the Lehman Center for American History, a collaboration between the Department of History and Columbia University Libraries, on Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for a dynamic livestream discussion of the recently published book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s by Columbia-educated historian, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Professor of History and African American Studies at Yale University.This powerful work will be viewed in the context of the Lehman Center’s theme for this year, “Afterlives of Slavery.” This special event is co-sponsored with The Forum.
The panel will feature the book’s author in dialogue with Prof. Jelani Cobb, Ira Lipman Professor of Journalism and staff writer at the New Yorker. The panel will be moderated by Columbia Prof. of History, Frank Guridy, a Lehman Center Co-Director. There will be a Q&A session following the discussion for viewers to submit questions.
America on Fire positions recent movements – such as Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police – into a longer historical perspective. Hinton’s analysis presents a framework for understanding our nation’s enduring strife, as well as a warning: rebellions will surely continue unless police are no longer called on to manage the consequences of dismal conditions beyond their control, and until an oppressive system is finally remade on the principles of justice and equality.
As the Washington Post noted: “Hinton does not think she’s merely engaged in an academic exercise to ‘reframe’ narratives or ‘recharacterize’ norms. Her work is far more consequential. She offers in America on Fire a vivid description of historical events. She provides an account – as her subtitle suggests – of an ‘untold’ story. Hinton tells this story with clarity, and her conclusions should serve as a wake-up call to policymakers. She charts a course to move beyond rebellions. The question, however, is whether the United States has the political will to do it.”
America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s is available for purchasehere.