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Nov. 5: Lewinski Law Enforcement Lecture

Featured speaker is Lois James, assistant professor at Washington State University.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-30-2018

Mankato, Minn. – The Department of Government in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is holding its 2018 Lewinski Law Enforcement Lecture Monday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

The featured speaker for the free public event is Lois James, assistant professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing, who studies bias, stress, sleep, and performance in law enforcement and military personnel.

The title of James’ presentation is “Racial Bias in Law Enforcement, Fact or Fiction?”

In her three-hour presentation, James will share what science has to say about the contentious subject of racial bias among police, according to a lecture preview provided by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government.

James, according to the lecture preview, is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement researchers and a research advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. James, according to the lecture preview, is internationally recognized for her award-winning and groundbreaking work on how suspect race and ethnicity influence officer decision-making during critical encounters.

For more information, contact Carl Bock, faculty member in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government, by phone at 507-389-6933 or by email at

James’ presentation is the latest lecture in the Lewinski Law Enforcement Lecture Series, which began in 2013. The series is named in honor of the professional accomplishments in law enforcement research by William Lewinski and his research partners.

Lewinski is an emeritus professor of law enforcement at Minnesota State Mankato. He is now the executive director of Force Science Institute Ltd.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Government is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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