Is there a right way to protest?

Join us for an interactive discussion moderated by MPR News.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Doors at 11:30 a.m. | Event at 12:00 p.m. 

Best Buy Theater, Northrop  

Free! Please register to attend.
Complimentary box lunches available for all guests following the event.

In the past year we have seen protests in cities around the nation related to the deaths of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of the police; protests at colleges and universities related to a lack of diversity, including a strike by a football team; and an armed occupation of federal land in Oregon. In Minneapolis the death of an African-American man during an encounter with the police resulted in protests on Interstate 94, at the Mall of America and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, and an 18-day occupation of the 4th Precinct. At the University there have been several protests related to diversity over the past few years.

The protests on campus, locally, and across the nation have led to many questions about the tactics used in protests, as well as their impact on change, and their appropriateness. Is there a right way to protest?

Moderated by MPR News host Tom Weber, the event will feature a discussion with Keith Mayes, University of Minnesota African American & African studies professor, and Trista Harris, president of Minnesota Council on Foundations. Also joining the conversation will be Javaris Bradford, president of the Black Student Union at the University of Minnesota. 

Big Questions is a new series brought to you by the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and MPR News. This series will foster thoughtful discussion through a liberal arts lens, bringing multiple and diverse perspectives to bear on today’s pressing questions.

Big Questions is free and open to the public.
This event will be recorded for future broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio News.