CSRRR and CCF host lecture, expert panel on Trayvon Martin case

Published: February 10th, 2014

Category: News

MartinFinalBy Matt Walker

It’s been almost two years since the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The gunman, George Zimmerman, has been tried and acquitted, yet the case still reverberates in the country’s consciousness – questions of race, culture and justice in America remain as pressing as ever.

The University of Florida Levin College of Law hosted a town hall meeting Feb. 5 and will host a lecture and panel Thursday. The two events are co-sponsored by the Center on Children and Families and Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations.

“This is a critical juncture to continue to focus on the broad issues of race and racism exposed by the death of Trayvon Martin and an opportunity to move forward on needed systemic and cultural change,” said Nancy Dowd, director of the Center on Children and Families.

“Looking Back, Moving Forward” was a town hall-style forum moderated by UF Law Professor Kenneth Nunn.

Thursday’s event will be an academic lecture and expert panel. The keynote lecture, centered around the Martin case, will be delivered by Duke University Sociology Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. The presentation will be followed by responses from a panel of experts including UF Law Professor and CSRRR Director Kathryn Russell-Brown and UF Anthropology and African-American Studies Professor Faye Harrison. It is 6-8 p.m. in the UF Law Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180.

Want to join the conversation? Post your questions or comments on Twitter using the hashtag #TrayvonUFLaw and we will share them with the panelists.