Ann Lucas Lecture Series


The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice Proudly Presents . . .

D. WatkinsDecember 2, 2015, 5:00pm-7:00pm Science Building Room 142 to discuss his latest book, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.


The country’s urban war zone is brought powerfully to life by a rising young literary talent, D. Watkins. The author fought his way up on the east side (the “beast side”) of Baltimore, Maryland or “Bodymore, Murderland,” as his friends call it, surviving murderous business rivals in the drug trade and equally predatory lawmen. Throughout it all, he pursued his education, earning a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, while staying rooted in his community.

When black residents of Baltimore finally decided they had had enough; after the brutal killing of twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, Watkins was on the streets when the city erupted. He writes about his bleeding hometown with the razor-sharp insights of someone who bleeds along with it. Here are true dispatches from the other side of America.


About the Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice

The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice was established in 2009 by the Justice Studies Department at San José State University to honor the memory of Dr. Ann Lucas (1962-2009). Before joining the Department in 2000, Ann Lucas earned her J.D. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her internationally recognized research focused on issues of gender inequality, domestic violence, prostitution, and drugs.

annA distinguished scholar, experienced teacher, inspiring mentor, and dedicated friend, Ann Lucas gave an invaluable contribution to the growth of the Justice Studies Department as a vibrant and diverse academic community, and served as department’s chair during the academic year 2008/2009. Ann passed away on October 22, 2009 after a brief battle with cancer. 

The Ann Lucas Lecture Series consists of four annual symposia (two in the Fall and two in the Spring of each academic year) featuring internationally renowned scholars whose recent books offer outstanding contributions to the advancement of critical perspectives in the fields of law, social theory, and the humanities. In keeping with Ann’s dedication to engaged scholarship and open intellectual debate, the symposia are organized as dialogues between authors and their critics. All the symposia are held at San José State University and are open to students, faculty, and the broader community.