Julian Go - "Policing Empires" - Alex S. Vitale and Robert Vargas

Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Julian Go

Julian Go will discuss Policing Empires: Militarization, Race, and the Imperial Boomerang in Britain and the US. He will be joined in conversation by Alex Vitale, and their conversation will be moderated by Robert Vargas.

Presented in partnership with The UChicago Justice Project

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op


About the book: Policing Empires offers the first comprehensive history of militarized policing in the United States and Britain, excavating the imperial origins of today's racist policing culture. "One of the best books on law enforcement in decades," writes the Stanford sociologist Forrest Stuart. "Go has shifted the way we will think about policing, justice, and resistance for years to come.

About the speakers: Julian Go is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he is also a Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and the Committee of International Relations. He is the prize-winning author of several books including Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory, Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, and American Empire and the Politics of Meaning: Elite Political Cultures in the Philippines and Puerto Rico during US Colonialism.

Alex S. Vitale is a Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, He has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults community based movements, human and civil rights organizations, and governments internationally. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have been published in The NY Times, Washington PostThe Guardian, The NationVice NewsFortune, and USA Today. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, Democracy Now, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

About the moderator: Robert Vargas is an award-winning author of Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio and Uninsured in Chicago: How the Social Safety Net Leaves Latinos Behind. He is also an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago and Founding Director of the UChicago Justice Project. His research has been featured in numerous media outlets such as NBC News, Telemundo, Univision, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and National Public Radio. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-Op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60615