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Victor Rios to Speak at STLCC Campuses Oct. 23

October 10, 2014

Victor Rios  
Victor Rios

Author and educator Victor Rios will be the featured lecturer at two presentations at St. Louis Community College campuses Oct. 23.  

A professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Rios will discuss “Standing up for Justice: Personal and Community Transformation in the Struggle Against Hyper Policing” at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Multipurpose Room at STLCC-Florissant Valley, 3400 Pershall Road. 

Following the presentation at Florissant Valley, Rios and a team of sociologists will interview community activists before a second presentation and book-signing at STLCC-Meramec.

At Meramec, Rios will present “Punitive Social Control, the Youth Control Complex, and Restorative Justice” at 7 p.m. in the Meramec Theatre on campus, 11333 Big Bend Road in Kirkwood. Rios will discuss how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth in the United States.

Rios' research interests include educational equity, restorative justice, resilience, motivation and youth culture. In his presentations, Rios combines 10 years of first-hand research experience with his inspirational life story -- from poverty and gangs to a doctorate from University of California-Berkeley and a professorship at UC-Santa Barbara.

Rios is the author of the books "Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys" and "Street Life: Poverty, Gangs and a Ph.D." He also has given a TED talk at UC-Santa Barbara.

The presentations, sponsored by the Global Studies program, are free and open to the public. For more information, call 314-513-4337 or 314-984-7689.