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Learning From Ferguson: Ferguson

Books & Videos

Click below for a list of books, DVDs, and streaming videos from the Metropolitan State University Library on topics including:

  • Racial profiling
  • Police brutality & police shootings
  • African Americans and the justice system
  • Non-violent protest
  • Unlearning racism
  • Mass incarceration

Books & Videos from the Library


Twitter users are crowdsourcing resources and ideas for teaching about Ferguson and related issues using the hashtag #fergusonsyllabus.


Community Forum:

Discussing the Events in Ferguson and Its Impact on our Discipline

The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will host a forum to explore the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, and interrogating the impact of these events on our disciplines.

Date: Wednesday, September 24th
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Metropolitan State University, Law Enforcement Criminal Justice and Education Center
Address: Room 112, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd.  Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Please join the conversation, which will follow a welcome by Provost Ginny Arthur, with these panel discussants:
Tim Gannon, Brooklyn Center Commander
John Harrington, Metro Transit Police Chief
Russ Balenger, Founder of the Peace Circle Movement
Mel Reeves, Community Organizer
Jillian Peterson, Faculty, Metropolitan State University

The discussion will be facilitated by Jariland Spence of the Center for Healing, Justice and Peace and Jason Sole, Metropolitan State University community faculty member.
This event is cosponsored by Metropolitan State University’s School of Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice, Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, American Democracy Project, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Student Club and, Hennepin County Technical College School of Law Enforcement.
For more information, please contact School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice faculty member Raj Sethuraju at (763-657-3750) or

On the Web


Find scholarly research articles through these library databases.

Let's Talk Ferguson Video

On September 10, 2014, Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul, MN invited the community for “Let’s Talk: Ferguson”, a discussion about the events in Ferguson, MO and the resurgence of activism around racial equity fifty years after Freedom Summer.

Ferguson Teach-In Brown University

Teach-In held at Brown University on September 9, 2014. "Events surrounding the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have re-ignited conversations about racism, inequality, and increasingly militaristic policing practices in black and brown communities across the US. This Teach-In strives to create a space for campus dialogue; provide social and historical context for these events and consider the impact of emerging and ongoing portrayals and responses."

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