Conversations on the Edge: Policing in Cambridge: The Issues, The Future, The Budget

September 24, 2020

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Online via Zoom
Cambridge MA 02138

September 24, 2020
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Policing in Cambridge: The Issues, The Future, The Budget

Cambridge, known as one of the most progressive communities in the country, has nonetheless realized that it, like every town in America, must look carefully at how it is being and has been policed. How will we, as participants in Cambridge’s future, decide how our police force will look and function? Join us for the first conversation in CCAE’s fourth year of the Conversations on the Edge series to talk with a distinguished panel about Cambridge policing and the issues the CPD and we, as a community, face at this crucial juncture, when policing is under scrutiny as never before.


Rev. Irene Monroe | co-host of the podcast and standing Boston Public Radio segment ALL REV’D UP on WGBH (89.7 FM)


Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr. | Police Commissioner, City of Cambridge

Tony Clark | Founding President, My Brother’s Keeper, Cambridge Task Force

Robert J. Sampson | Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University

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Speaker Bios

Rev. Irene Monroe is the co-host of the podcast and standing Boston Public Radio segment ALL REV’D UP on WGBH (89.7 FM). Monroe is a Visiting Scholar in the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology, and the Boston voice for Detour’s African American Heritage Trail. As an activist Monroe has received numerous awards including the 2019 Boston’s 25 Most Influential LGBTQ+ People of Color Award and the 2017 Cambridge Mayor’s Luminary Award. Her papers are at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College’s Research Library on the History of Women in America.

Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr. has twenty-eight years in law enforcement and currently serves as the Police Commissioner for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bard previously served as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Department. Bard started his law enforcement career as a member of the Philadelphia Police Department where he retired at the rank of Inspector after nearly 22 years of service. Bard earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University and holds two master’s degrees and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He is the author of “Racial Profiling: Towards, Simplicity and Eradication - 2014.” He is a pracademic who is heavily influenced by the Procedural and Social Justice Movements. Dr. Bard is married with three children.

Tony Clark currently serves as the Founding President of The My Brother’s Keeper, Cambridge Task Force. Over the course of his career he has held posts at New York University, The City University of New York, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University. Tony has also worked for the U.S. Department of Education, taught for ten years in the New York City Public School System, and has served as an Executive for several leading education reform agencies, which included supporting the work specifically in turnaround schools within the New York City Department of Education . He is a compassionate social critic who has written and published articles that have examined race, culture, and education that have ranged from sharing his experiences while serving as a consultant to the Ferguson, MO school district after the death of Michael Brown to mapping out strategies to help teachers contextualize Trayvon Martin in their classrooms. Tony currently serves as a tenured professor of English Literature and Learning Communities at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston.

Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. Previously he taught at the University of Chicago and before that the University of Illinois. Sampson is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He served as President of the American Society of Criminology and received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Sampson was also elected as Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2018-2019 he was a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Sampson's research and teaching cover a variety of areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, inequality, "ecometrics," and the social structure of the city. He is the author of three award-winning books and numerous articles—see links to vita, articles, books, projects, data, classes, and interviews. His last book, published by the University of Chicago Press, is Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. Great American City is based on the culmination of over a decade of research from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), for which Sampson served as Scientific Director. For an intellectual biography see the National Academy of Sciences (2008).

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