March 3, 2017

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Wichita's Next Candid Conversation to Focus on Kansas Racial Profiling Research

The Wichita Public Library has partnered with the Wichita Police Department and a dozen community organizations to offer a series of programs called "Candid Conversations: A Discussion of Race in Wichita" designed to encourage discussion about local race issues. The series continues March 14 with a local author presenting his extensive research on racial profiling in Kansas.

Michael Birzer, Professor of Criminal Justice and Wichita State University's Director of the School of Community Affairs, will present "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _______!" The program features the findings of nearly five years of racial profiling  research commissioned by the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. This research laid the groundwork for Dr. Birzer's book "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _______!" published by CRC Press.

This program will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 at the Wichita State Hughes Metroplex, Room 180.

Candid Conversation events will continue through this summer. All programs are free and open to the public. Find the list of scheduled programs and their descriptions at

Candid Conversations is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kansas Humanities Council.  Partnering community organizations include ARISE; Community Operation Recovery Empowerment; Greater Wichita Ministerial League; Kansas Appleseed; KMUW; League of Women Voters-Wichita Metro; NAACP Youth Council; Real Men, Real Heroes; Urban League of Kansas; Urban Prep Academy; Wichita Public Schools; Wichita State University's School of Community Affairs;and Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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