Annual Minorities Day lecture to deal with racial issues in the juvenile system

Published on
September 26, 2012

Union College's annual Minorities Day next week will feature Anne Nurse, Ph.D., from the College of Wooster in Ohio, who will focus on racial bias in today's courts.

Nurse, who is an associate professor of sociology, will be speaking on the topic of race in the juvenile justice system. Her lecture will be held in Conway Boatman Chapel on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Linda Silber, Ph.D., organizer of Minorities Day, said she asked Nurse to speak because her message targets a broad audience.

"I thought that this subject (race in the juvenile justice system) would be of wide interest across the campus," Silber said. I would encourage students, faculty and staff, as well as the wider public, to attend the talk since anyone can benefit from learning more about how and why our criminal justice seems to perpetuate racial bias," Silber said.

Additionally, Silber's juvenile delinquency class focuses on a lot of the same issues that Nurse will address. Silber uses Nurse's book, "Locked Up, Locked Out," in her classes.

The annual Minorities Day event is, "a time to think about, and attend to, issues related to race and ethnicity," Silber said. She added that a lot of the problems dealt with during the Minorities Day lectures are more relevant to today's society than most people would believe.

"While some argue that we are living in a post racial society in which race and ethnicity no longer matter, most sociologists argue that this is far from the case, since race and ethnicity continue to have real consequences in people's lives, regardless of where they live in the United States," Silber said.