Calling all graduate students! We are excited to announce the arrival of the graduate student-led speaker series – Engaging in Current Events as Criminologists (ECEC)! The focus of this speaker series is Police-Community Relations in Marginalized Neighborhoods, and within that broad topic we will be concentrating locally on Baltimore. The lecture series will begin next week on February 6, 2018 (additional details on future sessions can be found in the attached flyer). What: ECEC Session 1 – Defining the Problem Where: Morrill Hall Room 1101 (College Park) When: Tuesday February 6th 6:30pm-8:00pm RSVP here: goo.gl/forms/13BlQysgNLkz7joW2 Guest Speaker: DeRay Mckesson DeRay Mckesson is a Baltimore-based, civil rights activist focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity, and justice. DeRay is a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter Movement and the co-founder of Campaign Zero and OurStates.org. He has worked to connect individuals with knowledge and tools, and provide citizens and policy makers with commonsense policies to ensure equity. He has become a key voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that have led to mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations. DeRay was named as one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine in 2015 and as one of the 30 Most Important People On The Internet by Time Magazine in 2016. We hope that this series will be an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions on these issues and to explore new perspectives. And, you never know, maybe you’ll come away with a great idea for a thesis, dissertation, or journal article! Seating is limited, so please RSVP if you would like to participate in person ASAP. We also encourage people participate remotely through the Webinar link below. umd.webex.com/umd/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee7c7adf63bf9a07983a60f32a98ddb87 We hope to see you there and look forward to engaging in current events with you!