Think & Drink Portland: Policing

Place: SPACE Gallery, Portland

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Policing, Protection, Community, and Trust in the 21st Century

Police car driving down a streetJoin us for a fourth season of Think & Drink as we tackle policing in Maine, its intersection with race, and how our local experience connects with what we see across the rest of the United States.

How does society define criminal behavior, and who is a criminal? What do we want from our police, and how are they trained? What powers do we place in the hands of the state (police, legal system, prisons), and how do we monitor the use of those powers? Do communities suffer collateral damage from being policed, and do those who do the policing face emotional challenges of their own?

Samaa AbdurraqibWe have a new moderator for this year’s series: Samaa Abdurraqib, who has facilitated many a discussion for the MHC’s special audience programs (in addition to her full-time work with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence). A native of Minnesota, Samaa earned her Masters and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College for a number of years and has also been an adjunct professor at USM.

The 2017 Think & Drink series dates are February 28, April 5, May 3, and June 7 at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress Street, Portland.

(Note: SPACE will be closed for physical renovations in March.) 

What is a criminal?

Tuesday, February 28
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland

Panelists:

Alicia WilcoxAlicia Wilcox, Assistant Professor, School of Legal Studies, Husson University

 

 

Michael RocqueMichael Rocque, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Bates College

 

 

 

Carl Williams Carl Williams, Staff Attorney, ACLU Massachusetts

 

 

 

 


 

What makes a police officer?

Training and expectations of law enforcement

Wednesday, April 5 
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland

Panelists:


Sarah Walton,
Executive Director of PE&ACE (Policing Education & Active Civic Engagement), co-author of Maine Law Enforcement Officers Manual, and former Assistant Attorney General of Maine

Second panelist TBD 

 


 

Who’s watching whom?

Physical surveillance by and of the police

Wednesday, May 3
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland

Panelists:

Zach HeidenZach Heiden, Legal Director, ACLU of Maine

 

 

 

Leroy RoweLeroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African American History and Politics, University of Southern Maine

 

 

 

Third panelist TBD


What’s the harm?

Emotional challenges of policing and being policed

Wednesday, June 7
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland

Panelists:

Kate BraestrupKate Braestrup, Chaplain, Maine Warden Service and author

 

 

 

Second panelist TBD