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KU professor will speak about racial profiling and police

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – In preparation for the opening of the new special exhibit “Sorting Out Race,” Kauffman Museum will host the first of three special programs connected with the exhibit.

Charles (Chuck) Epp, Lawrence, professor of public affairs and administration at the University of Kansas, will present “Racial Stereotyping in Police Stops” in a Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public. Please note new time (change from 3:30 p.m. as in the past).

Epp’s presentation is based on his most recent book, Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press and co-authored with Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald Haider-Markel.

Pulled Over won the 2015 Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration, Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR).

The book resulted in op-ed pieces by Epp and Maynard-Moody in the Aug. 29, 2014, edition of the Washington Post and the January/February 2014 issue of Washington Monthly.

Epp graduated from Bethel College with a degree in philosophy and has an M.A. in political science from KU and a doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He taught two years at Indiana University and has been at KU as faculty in the School of Public Affairs and Administration since 1996.

Epp will also speak in Bethel College’s convocation (free and open to the public) Feb. 9 at 11 a.m., Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, on “Driving While Black and Racial Profiling.”

Epp’s Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum lecture is the first of three connected to the special exhibit that opens Feb. 27 at Kauffman Museum.

“Sorting Out Race: Examining Racial Identity and Stereotypes in Thrift Store Donations” arose out of a desire to divert artifacts with racial content from thrift stores into an exhibit that would generate a healthy community conversation about racial stereotypes past and present in order to heighten awareness of society’s continuing struggles with race.

Every day, thrift stores across America receive donations of objects that display racial imagery, from antique advertising cards to collectible salt-and-pepper shakers to vintage children’s books to mugs with sports mascots.

“Sorting Out Race” looks at questions such as: Are these objects harmless reminders of historical attitudes or do they continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about race? Should thrift stores sell these objects? Or should they be “sorted out” of the resale environment and discarded?

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the museum, including the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website,, or Facebook page.

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