Holy Family University will be hosting a forum—Life After Ferguson: Where do we go from here?—on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Philadelphia campus. The goal of the event is to identify strategies to move beyond the current state of racial tension, violence, and unrest that exists in our city and nation following recent events in Ferguson and New York City.
In an effort to promote healing through meaningful dialogue between members of law enforcement and the community, a panel will discuss questions posed to them about the best steps to bridge the gap between members of law enforcement and the community, particularly the black community.
Confirmed panelists are:
1. Dr. Delores Jones-Brown, a Professor in the Department of Law and Police Science & Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/centers/race_crime_justice/3956.php)
2. Richard Ross Jr., First Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Police Department (http://www.phillypolice.com/index.php/about/leadership/richard-ross-jr-/)
3. Dr. Anita Foeman, Professor of the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University and noted scholar of intercultural and organizational communication (http://communication.wcupa.edu/faculty/Anita_Foeman)
4. Dr. Donald Brash, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Faculty Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Palmer Theological Seminary (http://www.palmerseminary.edu/about/faculty/donald-j-brash)
5. Father Stephen Thorne, Pastor at Saint Martin de Porres parish, Philadelphia, and former Director of the Philadelphia Archdiocese's Office of Black Catholics (http://smdpphiladelphia.com/letter.html)
Questions of the community will be solicited via Holy Family University's website (holyfamily.edu/forum). These questions will be collected and selected questions will be posed to the panel at the event. Holy Family University Associate Professor, Dr. James Huber, will moderate the panel. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.