Prescott College’s Annual Master’s Colloquium is set for November 13-14, 2020 and will feature an exciting line-up of presentations, workshops, and discussions. Prescott College is proud to welcome Andrea Ritchie—a nationally recognized expert and commentator who works with groups across the country to support campaigns to end profiling, police violence criminalization, mass incarceration, and deportation—as the 2020 Master’s Colloquium keynote speaker. The Colloquium, which is traditionally an on-campus event, will be held virtually this year.
Ritchie's keynote presentation, “Defund the Police—Build Safe Communities” will focus on current movements across the country to defund police departments and invest in building safe communities for everyone. All are welcome to attend the keynote presentation virtually on Friday, November 13th at 3:30 p.m. (registration information can be found below).
Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer whose writing, litigation, and advocacy has focused on policing and criminalization of women and LGBT people of color for the past two decades. She is currently a Researcher in Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where she recently launched the Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action initiative. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press 2017), and many more books and articles. She is a nationally recognized expert and sought after commentator on policing issues, and works with groups across the country to support campaigns to end profiling, police violence criminalization, mass incarceration, and deportation.
Ritchie has testified before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and a number of United Nations treaty bodies. She is a member of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, and was a founding member of the Steering Committee of New York City's Communities United for Police Reform, a city-wide campaign to challenge discriminatory, unlawful and abusive policing practices in New York City led by grassroots community groups, legal organizations, policy advocates and researchers from all five boroughs. She was appointed to the New York City Council Young Women's Initiative in 2015, where she co-chaired the Anti-Violence and Criminalization Working Group. She was a 2014 Senior Soros Justice fellow, a founder of the National LGBT HIV Criminal Justice Working Group and chair of its policing subgroup. For more information, visit https://www.andreajritchie.com/about.
Prescott’s Master's Colloquium provides both information and inspiration as students continue on their learning path. A complete schedule of events provides the opportunity for students to present research, ideas, and work-in-progress to peers and faculty, receiving both support and challenge in return. The colloquium also includes opportunities to learn about the work of others in the field, interact with their faculty virtually, and gather with their cohort of fellow learners.
Additional presentations and discussions include: “Decolonizing Place: Walking Ethnographies and the More-Than-Human World;” “Intersections of Art and Organizing;” “Compassion and Sustainable Caring;” “Innovation in Business Networking: Network Weaving;” “A Cultural Psychology Analysis of Voice and Silence in Collective Memory and Personal Relationship;” “Ecological Eating (Plant-Based Interactive Dinner and Cocktails);" and more.