An annual lecture series devoted to urban studies will explore police reform in Brazil.
February 26, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Elizabeth Leeds, program officer for the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Brazil office, will present “Violence and Police Reform in Brazilian Cities: Are U.S. Models Appropriate?” as the 13th annual Leo Srole Urban Studies Lecture. Her talk will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in Coxe Hall Room 8, on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The lecture is free and the pubic is invited to attend.
Leeds will address the institutional change and democratizing of the police in Brazil using the strategic application of resources through the Ford Foundation. She will discuss policing and public safety in Brazil and the constraints to and opportunities for reform through training, fostering police-civil society partnerships, and stimulating the creation of police oversight mechanisms.
Leeds holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University, a master's degree in government from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before becoming the program officer for the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Brazil office, she was the executive director for the Center for International Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Srole Lecture is the flagship event of the Urban Studies Program, and named after HWS Professor Leo Srole, who taught in the 1940s and wrote the American city studies classic The Mental Health of the Metropolis. Among previous lecturers are William H. Whyte, author of The Organization Man and City; Reverend Martha Overall of St. Ann's Parish, South Bronx, N.Y. (featured in Jonathan Kozol's book Amazing Grace); Dr. Mitchell Kosny, chair of the Urban Planning Dept at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and Edward Burroughs, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Gotham.
The lecture is sponsored by the Urban Studies Program and the Office of the Provost at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.