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Survivor of Police Violence to Share Story March 28

March 15, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Roberto Rodríguez will discuss 'The Violence of Not-Belonging' March 28 at Ohio Wesleyan. (Photo courtesy of Roberto Rodríguez)


Journalist, Professor Roberto Rodríguez to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University 

DELAWARE, Ohio – While photographing a riot in East Los Angeles, journalist Roberto Rodríguez ended up first in the hospital and then in court – accused of using his camera to attack police. He was acquitted of the crime and later successfully sued the sheriff’s department over the incident that nearly cost him his life. 

More than 35 years later, Rodríguez, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Mexican-American Studies at the University of Arizona, an award-winning journalist, and the author of multiple books including “Justice: A Question of Race,” which documents his seven-and-a-half-year quest for justice following the 1979 event. 

Rodríguez will visit Ohio Wesleyan University on March 28 to present “The Violence of Not-Belonging: A Survivor of Police Violence Speaks on Institutionalized Violence against Indigenous, Black, and Brown Communities.” He will speak at 4 p.m. in Benes Room C of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. 

His presentation is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Poverty, Equity, and Social Justice Course Connection; Honors Program; Modern Foreign Languages Department; Philosophy Department; Sociology/Anthropology Department; Women’s and Gender Studies Program; and Latin American Studies Program. For more information, contact Shari Stone-Mediatore, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, at

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