Race & Democracy in the US and Beyond with Dr. Peniel Joseph
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
About The Event
In a surprise proposal this summer at the Helsinki Summit with President Trump, President Putin offered to allow Robert Mueller’s special investigators to question 12 Russian military intelligence officers in relation to interference in the 2016 U.S. Election. But in return, Russia would have to be allowed to interrogate various people from the West. At the top of the list and personally singled out by Putin was Bill Browder – the founder of Hermitage Capital and formerly the largest portfolio investor in Russia managing over $4 Billion.
When Browder and his attorney, Sergei Magitsky, alleged massive corruption and tax fraud by Russia officials, Magnitsky was soon arrested, beaten badly and died in jail. In his honor, Browder became the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act which imposed the toughest sanctions in 35 years on Russia and Putin’s inner circle. And after years of denying involvement and labelling Magnitsky’s death merely as a tragedy, in a Kafkaesque turn, Putin now claims Magnitsky was indeed murdered … on the orders of Bill Browder.
About The Speaker
Peniel Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. His career focus has been on “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Joseph was a professor at Tufts University, where he founded the school’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy to promote engaged research and scholarship focused on the ways issues of race and democracy affect people’s lives. In addition to being a frequent commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights, Joseph wrote the award-winning books Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. His most recent book, Stokely: A Life, has been called the definitive biography of Stokely Carmichael, the man who popularized the phrase “black power.” Included among Joseph’s other book credits is the editing of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.