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School of Education Speaker Series: Loretta Prater, Ph.D.

Thursday, 12 September, 2019

The School of Education’s Speaker Series will present a lecture by Loretta Prater, Ph.D., at noon on Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall.

Prater’s presentation is titled “Excessive Use of Force: An Educator Shares Research and Personal Experiences.”

About the talk

In this talk, Prater will address societal challenges, focused on discussions of police brutality, which are prevalent within our communities. This presentation provides a close examination of the topic of excessive use of force. The research process of triangulation, the inclusion of quantitative and qualitative research, is the foundation for the information shared.

Prater’s book, Excessive Use of Force: One Mother’s Struggle Against Police Brutality and Misconduct, is the result of years of researching matters related to fatalities, of unarmed citizens, attributed to police brutality. Although the author acknowledges that there are many police officers who do an excellent job of protecting all citizens, she proposes that instances of police brutality are real. A significant perspective in this presentation is usually absent in other academic discussions of these issues.

Prater, a retired university professor and administrator, is also a “mother of the movement.” Her candid qualitative research includes interviews with mothers of victims of police brutality, and the story of her unarmed son’s wrongful death. As a researcher, she was a participant observer.  Because of her prior academic responsibilities, with oversight of a criminal justice department and a regional police academy, her perspective is unique. She proposes that schools cannot be divorced from social issues impacting communities, and educators must be engaged in policy development in these matters.

Prater is an author, a retired professor of family and consumer sciences, and a former academic dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University.

Lunch will precede the talk at 11:30 a.m.

RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 10, by clicking here.

The series is co-sponsored by the School of Education and Office of the Vice President for Research.