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Events

Sep
24
11:10 AM11:10

Josh Rosenblatt on His Book: Why We Fight: One Man’s Search For Meaning Inside The Ring

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Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

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When Josh Rosenblatt fought his first mixed martial arts match at age 40, he did so as a lifelong pacifist and romantic in search of a new, transformative experience. Why We Fight follows his yearlong journey from the gym to the cage as he confronts his most deep-seated fears and tosses away his instincts toward self-preservation for the sake of liberation. NPR notes, Fighting doesn't have to be about survival. It doesn't even have to be about pride. At least, this is what Josh Rosenblatt contends in Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring. He intends to impress that to fight is to know who you are in a very immediate sense. Fighting, as he sees it, is the pursuit of active self-knowledge through self-endangerment, pain and risk. It's about facing and embracing what is dangerous and, in a way, making it beautiful.”

Josh Rosenblatt is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in VICE, the Texas Observer, and the Austin Chronicle. Between 2012 and 2014 he was the editor-in-chief of Fightland, VICE Media’s mixed martial arts publication.



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Oct
1
11:10 AM11:10

Keston Jones on The Odd Man Out: African American Fathers And Their Unique Struggles To Maintain Successful Relationships With Their Partners And Children

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

Keston Jones is the founder and executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement and Rehabilitation of the Marginalized (The FARM), a nonprofit that works to encourage, educate and assist in the improvement of our most natural resources: Family. He is also the fatherhood program director for SCO Family of Services. He brings years of experience working in the field of father involvement and mentoring, as well as his own direct involvement with the criminal justice system. His recent venture Visionaries, Offering, Information with Clarity, Expertise and Substance (V.O.I.C.E.S.) is a digital platform that facilitates the opportunity for thought leaders, advocates, educators, and ordinary people to share their amazing stories in their own words.

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Oct
8
11:10 AM11:10

Teresa Lopez-Castro on Trauma and Addiction: Closing the gap between mental health and substance abuse treatment

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

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Dr. López-Castro is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in Psychology at The City College of New York, City University of New York. Her work and expertise center on treatment, research, and training in the areas of substance use and comorbid mental disorders. She specializes in the intersection of traumatic stress and substance use and in particular, innovative approaches for the treatment of co-occurring trauma-related and substance use disorders. Dr. Lopez-Castro has presented nationally and internationally on integrative behavioral interventions and research related to trauma and addiction.



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Oct
15
11:10 AM11:10

Lizzy Coplin on Sexual Assault and Cancel Culture

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

Lizzy Coplin is a Japanese-American documentarian from Maryland focused on social impact filmmaking. She got her start as a video producer in Washington, D.C. After her move to New York, she worked as a researcher for two HBO Documentaries. Since then Coplin has produced a PBS documentary covering inequality in America and an MSNBC documentary exploring the history of LGBTQ liberation in America (2019). Alongside being a FilmShop collective co-leader, Coplin is currently directing a documentary that investigates the root causes of sexual assault.



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Oct
22
11:10 AM11:10

Lee Rowland on Civil Rights Activism In New York

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

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Lee Rowland is a career-long civil liberties attorney and advocate with extensive experience as a litigator, lobbyist, educator, and public speaker. She currently serves as the Interim Policy Director at the New York Civil Liberties Union, overseeing the organization’s non-litigation advocacy and legislative work on a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties topics. She joined the NYCLU in 2018 (although she is a lifer of the ACLU and its affiliates), and manages more than a dozen employees in the NYCLU’s Policy Department.



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Oct
29
11:10 AM11:10

St. Francis College Post-Prison Program Students & Grads on Prison, Re-Entry, And Higher Education

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

Students in the St. Francis College Post-Prison Program will discuss the challenges and opportunities for formerly incarcerated men and women and their experiences re-entering society.




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Nov
5
11:10 AM11:10

Jake Carlson on Gentrification, Urban Context And The Effects On Low-Income Households

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

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Jake Carlson is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently a Dissertation Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty. He was previously a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Urban Democracy Lab, and a Research Fellow at Participatory Budgeting Project. Jake is an urban and political sociologist, focused on democracy, housing, and changing cities. His dissertation examines the various causes and consequences of gentrification and displacement - and the relationships between the two.

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Nov
12
11:10 AM11:10

Frank Greene Lecture: Artist Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a Boston-based artist, raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He has been artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (2016) and for the City of Boston (2018). He has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and The Art Matters Foundation. Solo exhibitions include, there is no one left to blame, curated by Helen Molesworth for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, The School of Love with Samsøñ (Boston, MA), Family Pictures with Gallery Kayafas (Boston, MA and most recently #Killers at YOURS MINE & OURS in New York. He has had solo projects with the Boston Public Library, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at VOLTA 5 in Basel, Switzerland and P.S. Satellites-A Project of Prospect IV in New Orleans. His work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, Art in America, Art New England, JUXTAPOZ, The Boston Globe, and The New Yorker.

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Nov
19
11:10 AM11:10

Chase Madar on The Fictional Antisemitism Of Rep. Ilhan Omar And Other Load-Bearing Myths In U.S. Politics

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

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Chase Madar is an attorney, author, and journalist. He is the author of The Passion of [Chelsea] Manning: The Story Behind the WikiLeaks Whistleblower (Verso, 2013) and a contributor to The New York Times, Guardian, London Review of Books, Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation, The American Conservative, Jacobin, TomDispatch, Bookforum, and the Times Literary Supplement. He has lectured widely on law and society, from Oxford and Cambridge to Occupy Wall Street and the Mississippi State Capitol, and is a frequent participant in academic conferences and workshops on international law, criminal justice, and US foreign policy. He has translated one book each from French and Spanish and his own reporting has been translated into a dozen languages. A graduate of Stanford and NYU Law School, Madar was previously a staff attorney at Make the Road New York where he provided a wide variety of legal services to Spanish-speaking immigrants and carried out larger advocacy projects, including the first-ever empirical investigation into employment discrimination against transgender job-seekers. The most recent course he taught was a seminar on “Criminalization and Its Discontents” at Wallkill Correctional Facility through the NYU Prison Education Program.



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Nov
26
11:10 AM11:10

Film Screening: Dolores + Q & A with Dr. Athena Devlin

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

Peter Bratt’s Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century. She worked together w/Chavez in laying the groundwork for the union, worked directly with the farmworkers for whom the group advocated, and in the state capital as their legislative advocate. She risked her life for her activism, coined the slogan “Yes, we can,” and raised 11 children, many of whom have become activists in their own rights. In 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Nov
28
to Nov 29

2019 Graphic Justice Discussions – Drawing the Human: Law, Comics Justice

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2019 Graphic Justice Discussions – “Drawing the Human: Law, Comics Justice”

28-29 November 2019, USC, Queensland, Australia

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The 2019 conference of the Graphic Justice Research Alliance will be hosted by the USC School of Law and Criminology, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia. The conference explores the theme Drawing the Human: Law, Comics, Justice and will run on the 28th and 29th November 2019.

The conference seeks to examine the role of comics, graphic novels and graphic art in constituting as well as critiquing law, rights and justice as they relate to and extend beyond the human. Proposals for papers and panels are welcome from academics, postgraduate students and artists from across a range of disciplines including law, criminology and justice, comics studies, visual and cultural studies and the humanities.

Contact: Timothy Peters, USC Law School - tpeters@usc.edu.au

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Dec
3
11:10 AM11:10

Film Screening: Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook / Q & A W/Dr. Sara Rzeszutek

Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

More info: Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu) or 718-489-5446

Narrated by outspoken actor Jeffrey Wright, Rigged follows the recent trajectory of voter suppression in the United States, and outlines a voter suppression playbook, which outlines at least 10 ways certain players are putting forth a concerted, well-funded effort to disenfranchise voters and maintain power— from purging voter rolls, to Voter ID laws, to “cracking and packing” congressional districts to consolidate power for one group or break up power for another.


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Sep
19
4:30 PM16:30

Poetry from Probation & Prison & Beyond

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Poetry from Probation & Prison & Beyond

A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event

 This event will feature poetry and spoken word performances from men and women directly impacted by the criminal justice system. The poems and performances highlight the human and emotional costs of our draconian mass incarceration policies in creative ways - while helping the performers share and communicate their experiences. Participants will be poets from the St. Francis College Post-Prison Program and Free Verse Poetry Workshops at the New York City Department of Probation Waiting Rooms.

More info: ehorowitz@sfc.edu or 718-489-5446.

 

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Sep
17
11:10 AM11:10

Gender and the Criminal Punishment System: What’s Different About Women and Girls?

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Fall 2019 St. Francis College Senior Citizen Lecture Series: American Studies & Social Justice

Tuesdays @ 11:10am in Room 4202

Open to the Public // Reception to Follow

Organized by Athena Devlin (English) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

Contact Dr. Devlin (adevlin@sfc.edu)

Dr. Venezia Michalsen will address why the American Criminal Punishment system is by far the largest in the world, with millions of people behind bars.  While the vast majority of these people are male, the rates at which females are criminalized and incarcerated has been rising dramatically while male rates have leveled and overall crime rates continue to fall to lows not seen in decades.  In this lecture, Michalsen will cover the personal characteristics of criminalized women and girls, the ways in which they get involved in the system, and also the ways in which larger national trends are gendered.  Michalsen will also talk about potential policy solutions.

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Venezia Michalsen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State, whose work focuses on gender and imprisonment and reentry from incarceration.  She started her career at the Women’s Prison Association until she joined the Justice Studies Department at Montclair State in 2008.  Her research and teaching focus on incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers and their children.  Her first book, Mothering and Desistance in Reentry was published in 2019 by Routledge.  She is currently involved in fighting for no-cost phone calls for incarcerated people in Connecticut, where she lives. 

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May
30
6:00 PM18:00

SFC Post-Prison Program Open House/Info Session

Come to our open house for prospective students - meet faculty, current students, graduates, and admissions representatives.

All are welcome, but an RSVP with full name and phone number is required to ehorowitz@sfc.edu.

Background

St. Francis College's Post-Prison Program serves justice-involved men and women looking to attain a bachelor's degree as full-time students. For those with criminal justice histories, education reduces the risk of recidivism while opening up doors to a career path that can break the cycle of crime and poverty. Aligned with the mission of St. Francis College, our Franciscan tradition and commitment to helping disadvantaged and first-generation students earn a degree, the Post-Prison Program provides extensive academic, scholarship and mentoring support to formerly incarcerated men and women within a rigorous college program.

Post-Prison Program students enroll as full-time, bachelor's degree students during the re-entry process. Students with justice-involvement are engaged in a traditional college setting and receive additional support and mentorship. It is often the case that classmates don't know about their criminal justice involvement. They are not stigmatized or publicly identified unless they choose to self-disclose, and their experience brings a new lens to class discussions and collaborative learning.

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Apr
30
11:10 AM11:10

Debbie Nathan on the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

April 30: Journalist Debbie Nathan on the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

 Debbie Nathan lives in Brownsville, Texas, on the Mexico border, and has been writing about the border and immigration for over three decades. She currently writes for The Appeal, and her ground-breaking coverage of the child separation crisis at the border for The Intercept and other publications drew mass national and international attention.

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Apr
23
11:10 AM11:10

SFC Post-Prison Students on Reentry and the Benefits of Post-Prison Education

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

SFC Post-Prison Students on Reentry and the Benefits of Post-Prison Education

The Post-Prison Program at SFC launched in 2014 and both students, professors, and community members have found the program to be a triumph among reentry opportunities. Our Program was inspired by Hudson Link and other nonprofit organizations that privately fund and run college programs in prisons and seeks to help this population finish their degrees during the re-entry process. In May 2018, our first cohort of three students graduated, and we currently have 11 enrolled students. This panel features students discussing the importance of higher education for formerly incarcerated men and women, as well issues related to re-entry challenges, the realities of mass incarceration policies, and experiences of solitary confinement. The students will shed light on other less-tangible benefits of the SFC Program, including the structure provided by the program, safety, support, a heightened sense of belonging, improved self-esteem, and skills necessary for academic mastery.

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Apr
16
11:10 AM11:10

Anna Gjika on Technology, Masculinity, and Rape Culture in Adolescent Sexual Assault

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Anna Gjika on Technology, Masculinity, and Rape Culture in Adolescent Sexual Assault

Anna Gjika is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include exploring the relationships between gender, crime, and technology, particularly as they pertain to gendered violence, and institutional responses to this issue. Her current project seeks to (1) examine the interplay between identity, status, transgression, and new media for young people growing up digital, and (2) explore the ways technology intersects with sexual abuse to create new forms of crime, new ways to victimize and perpetuate harm, as well as new opportunities to investigate and address sexual violence both through the criminal justice system and in the public.

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Apr
9
11:10 AM11:10

Criminologist Shawn Rolfe on “An Ex-Con Is Not Supposed to be Doing This: Obtaining a Doctorate Degree, Becoming a Scholar and Policy Advocate”

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Criminologist Shawn Rolfe on “An Ex-Con Is Not Supposed to be Doing This: Obtaining a Doctorate Degree, Becoming a Scholar and Policy Advocate”

Shawn Rolfe is a former Marine and current Ph.D. candidate in criminal justice at the University of Louisville. His advocacy with North Carolina's Local Reentry Council and Second Chance Alliance informs his current research focused on veterans, mental health, and reentry and the study of sex offense policies. His scholarly work on homeless shelters’ policies for sex offenders was highlighted and cited in an amicus brief (Bethea v. North Carolina), and is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court; most recently he co-authored the chapter “Violence in Prison” with Dr. Richard Tewksbury in book, American Prisons & Jails (2018).


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Apr
2
11:10 AM11:10

Chase Madar on Mass Incarceration: Race, Law, & Economics

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

April 2: Journalist Chase Madar on Mass Incarceration: Race, Law, & Economics

Journalist and attorney Chase Madar (Author, The Passion of Chelsea Manning) will discuss the challenges of dismantling mass incarceration. He will address procedural rights and the need to move “beyond law” to combat the prison-industrial complex. 

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Mar
26
11:10 AM11:10

Downtown Community TV Center: PRO-TV’s NYC youth on teenage homelessness, coping with illnesses, and the difficult lives of young immigrants

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips

Downtown Community TV Center: PRO-TV’s NYC youth on teenage homelessness, coping with illnesses, and the difficult lives of young immigrants

PRO-TV is the largest, most honored free media arts training program for youth in New York City. Since its inception in 1978, PRO-TV has offered intensive video workshops, where 200+ youth a year create exemplary films that address the issues affecting their lives and their communities. PRO-TV teaching artists mentor students through a rich curriculum of formal workshops and field experience.  


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Mar
12
11:10 AM11:10

Historian Paula Marie Seniors on African American Women & Radical Activism/Self-Defense

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Historian Paula Marie Seniors on African American Women Radical Activists: African American Women & Radical Activism/Self-Defense

Professor Paula Marie Seniors (Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Virginia Tech) discusses the 1961 case of self-defense advocate Mae Mallory and the Monroe Defense Committee. She discusses the aftermath of the case and the efforts of Mallory and other Black radical women activists’ travels to Tanzania, Grenada, and Nicaragua, to participate in socialist revolutions. Seniors is author of Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists (1956-1987) (University of Georgia Press) and she won the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Prize, from the Association of Black Women Historians for Beyond Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Culture of Uplift, Identity and Politics in Black Musical Theater (Ohio State University Press, 2009). Seniors co-edited Michelle Obama’s Impact on African American Women and Girls (Palgrave MacMillan)  and is currently working on Michelle Obama’s Silence: Police and State Violence Against African American Girls and Women.

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Mar
11
6:00 PM18:00

After Rikers: Justice By Design Screening and Panel Discussion

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March 11 (Monday at 6pm in Founder’s Hall) Screening of newly-released documentary: Justice By Design: On the Conversation to Close Rikers Island / with Panel and Discussion

Rikers has become synonymous with the worst aspects of New York City’s criminal justice system. The prison is known for its entrenched culture of violence and poor conditions; last year, Mayor De Blasio announced the city would close Rikers by 2027. This film examines structural policies governing incarceration and ways the city can “reimagine a justice system that centers on healthy individuals, families, and communities” and begin to change the culture of the city’s jail system. Rikers is made up of eight facilities and is used primarily to incarcerate people being held before trial. It also houses a smaller population of inmates who have been sentenced to less than a year. This film explores issues that architects and planners must consider before simply closing the facility, and the need to reexamine ideas of incarcerations and structural problems in communities beyond simply incarceration.

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Mar
5
11:10 AM11:10

Criminologist Natasha Frost on Assessing the Impacts of Suicide on Correction Officer Wellbeing

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Criminologist Natasha Frost on Correctional Officer Suicide and Officer Wellbeing

Professor Natasha Frost (Northeastern University) is an expert in the study of punishment and social control. Specifically, she is interested in mass incarceration and the effects of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities. She has served as a consultant for the Massachusetts State Parole Board, worked collaboratively with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and conducted correctional program assessment and recidivism studies for several Massachusetts counties. More recently she has been awarded federal funding to study the effects of mass incarceration on the community and on the well-being of those who work in correctional settings. Her book, The Punishment Imperative: The Rise and Failure of Mass Incarceration in America, co-authored with Todd R. Clear was published in 2014 by NYU Press. Other publications have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, Punishment & Society, Crime, Law and Social Change, and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Film Screening: UNTOUCHABLE / with Panel

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Spring 2019 Lecture Series & Other Sociology & Criminal Justice Events

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow
Co-Directors Sp 2019: Profs. Horowitz  & Lowrey-Kinberg & Phillips

Film Screening: UNTOUCHABLE / with Q&A

When the most powerful lobbyist in Florida discovers that the nanny has sexually abused his daughter, he harnesses his extraordinary political power to pass the toughest sex offender laws in the nation. UNTOUCHABLE chronicles his crusade, and its impact on the lives of several of the 900,000+ people forced to live under the kinds of laws he has championed. The film interweaves intimate portraits of those branded sex offenders with the heartbreaking stories of those who have suffered sexual abuse. It is a film that pushes viewers toward an uncomfortable place, requiring them to walk in the shoes of those who have survived sexual abuse, but to still bear witness to the experiences of those we revile. UNTOUCHABLE won the Maysles New Documentary Director Award at the Tribeca Film Festival; a panel discussion, in collaboration with CJ 3016 (Sex Crimes and American Justice), will follow the screening.

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Feb
27
2:00 PM14:00

Film Screening: CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN w/Director Jon Alpert

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Spring 2019 Lecture Series & Other Sociology & Criminal Justice Events

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**(unless noted)

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow
Co-Directors Sp 2019: Profs. Horowitz  & Lowrey-Kinberg & Phillips

February 27 (Wednesday / Room 6404 at 2pm): Film Screening: CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN w/Director Jon Alpert (Organized by Dr. Halyna Lemekh)

Emmy-winning filmmaker Jon Alpert chronicles the fortunes of three Cuban families over the course of four tumultuous decades in the nation's history. Alpert will attend the screening and participate in a Q & A following the film.

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Feb
26
11:10 AM11:10

Journalist Lenore Skenazy on Free Range Kids Laws

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Journalist Lenore Skenazy on Free Range Kids Laws

New York City-based journalist, activist, and founder of the “free-range parenting” movement discusses her experience of being publicly shamed for being the “world’s worst mom.” She expands on her decade of activism around “free-range kids” legal, political, and journalistic advocacy and the role media play in fear-based parenting. She outlines her influence on a spate of new laws that prohibit criminal sanctions against parents for allowing children to play unsupervised in a park or walk home from school alone.

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Feb
19
11:10 AM11:10

Tabloid Justice, She-Devils, Femme Fatales, and the Amanda Knox Case

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Tabloid Justice, She-Devils, Femme Fatales, and the Amanda Knox Case

Nickie Phillips (Associate Professor, SFC) discusses the investigation, conviction, and ultimate acquittal of American college student Amanda Knox in the murder of her roommate in Italy. Prof. Phillips applies a cultural criminological framework analyzing how persistent gendered myths around female sexual deviance informed the investigation, conviction, and eventual acquittal of Knox, with a focus on the role of media in this miscarriage of justice.

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Feb
12
11:10 AM11:10

Criminologist David Pitts on Solitary Confinement in America: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow

Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips 

Criminologist David Pitts on Solitary Confinement in America: Causes, Consequences, and Alternatives

David Pitts is a Senior Research Associate in the Center on Sentencing & Corrections at the Vera Institute of Justice. David leads Vera’s research agenda on the conditions on confinement in American prisons and jails, and he is currently working on research about solitary confinement, jail visitation, and correctional education. Prior to joining Vera, David was a research affiliate with the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine. He spent ten years as a professor of public administration and policy before working in criminal justice reform.

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Feb
5
11:10 AM11:10

Bob Gangi on Court Monitoring and the Failure of Broken Windows

 

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow
Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips

Advocate Bob Gangi on Court Monitoring and the Failure of Broken Windows

Bob Gangi has been an activist, community organizer and public policy advocate in New York City for over 40 years. In 2011, he founded the Police Reform Organizing Project; prior to this, he served as Executive Director of the Correctional Association for over 29 years. A recognized expert on criminal justice and law enforcement issues with a particular focus on police and prison concerns, Gangi has written or co-written numerous op-ed pieces for the New York Times, Newsday, and Albany Times Union. In 2012 Robert was the recipient of the American Ethical Union’s prestigious Elliott-Black Award, acknowledging his enduring dedication to the rights of vulnerable people caught up in the criminal justice system and his life’s work fighting for sweeping prison and police reform.

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Jan
29
11:10 AM11:10

Diane Redleaf on “They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk"

Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Critical Perspectives on Law/Media/Crime/Justice

**Tuesdays at 11:10 am in 4202**

Free & Open to the Public // Receptions to Follow
Co-Directors Spring 2019: Profs. Emily Horowitz // Belen Lowrey-Kinberg // Nickie Phillips

Attorney Diane Redleaf on “They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk"

 Nationally-known leaders have called Diane L. Redleaf, author of They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families at Risk (Praeger, 2018), the “conscience of the child welfare system,” the driving force behind creating a “better, fairer child welfare system” and “the people’s lawyer.” A civil rights lawyer for families in the child welfare system since she settled in Chicago in 1979 after graduating from Stanford Law School, Diane has played a leading role in hundreds of important cases on behalf of families, with over 60 published court opinions and led legislative efforts that have benefited millions of children and families.


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Nov
29
12:20 PM12:20

Q&A with Yance Ford, Director of Strong Island

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

November 29 - **Thursday @ 12:20** - Q&A with Yance Ford, Director of Strong Island

Yance Ford is the director of Strong Island, winner of the Special Jury Award for Storytelling at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Academy Award nominee. Ford is a member of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Creative Capital Grantee (Theo Westenberger Award) and has been featured in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He is a former Series Producer of POV, a graduate of Hamilton College and the Production Workshop at Third World Newsreel. The Guardian called Strong Island one of the finest documentaries of 2017.

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Nov
27
11:10 AM11:10

Film Screening: Strong Island

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

November 27 - Film Screening: Strong Island (Directed by Yance Ford, 2017)

Excerpt about STRONG ISLAND (2017 Academy Award nominee) from The New Yorker: "In Yance Ford's powerful, disturbing, and very personal documentary, details are important. What happened in 1992 was the murder of Yance's own brother, William Ford, Jr., who grew up in the black enclave of Central Islip. He was shot in the chest with a rifle by Mark Reilly, a young white man. The shop's owner had a record of running a shady business. William Ford had no record and was about to take the entrance exam to be a corrections officer. Ford's mother, Barbara Dunmore Ford, an educator who founded Rosewood, a school for women on Rikers Island, says in ‘Strong Island’ that she will believe until her dying day that the grand jury of twenty-three white people did not return a true bill because her son was a black man. As the documentary makes plain, the grand jury didn't care to find out what really happened."

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Nov
20
11:10 AM11:10

Film Screening: What Happened Miss Simone?

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

November 20 - Film Screening: What Happened Miss Simone? Followed by Q&A with Prof. Sara Rzeszutek (History, St. Francis College)
Directed by Liz Garbus, this film chronicles the life of American singer Nina Simone, who became a civil rights activist and moved to Liberia following the turbulence of the 1960s. The documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone's daughter and friends. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Prof. Sara Rzeszutek, author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement (University of Kentucky Press, 2015). 

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Nov
13
11:10 AM11:10

Film Screening: Riker's An American Jail & Q & A with St. Francis Post-Prison Students

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

November 13 - Film Screening: Riker's An American Jail & Q & A with St. Francis Post-Prison Students (Moderated by Johnny Perez, St. Francis ‘2018, and Director of U.S. Prisons Program, National Campaign Against Torture)
 

RIKERS: AN AMERICAN JAIL, is an award-winning documentary from Bill Moyers that brings you face to face with those who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. The U.S. is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with over 2.2 million people packed into its prisons. Almost 80% of the 7500 people detained at Riker’s have not yet been found guilty or innocent of the charges they face. All are at risk in the pervasive culture of violence that forces people to come to terms with what they must do for their own survival. Their stories in Rikers vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience-from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, the torture of solitary confinement and the many challenges of returning to the outside world.

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Nov
6
11:10 AM11:10

Transitions in the Women's Movement: From Sexual Liberation to Carceral Feminism

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

November 6 - Transitions in the Women's Movement: From Sexual Liberation to Carceral Feminism Judith Levine (Author/Journalist)
 

Judith Levine is the author of 4 books and countless articles exploring politics, policy, and the intersection of sex and justice. Levine is best known for Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex, winner of 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and named by SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, as one of history's most influential books about sexuality. She is also the author of Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping (2015), a journal examining consumerism and anti-consumerist movements. Not Buying It has been translated into five languages.

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Oct
30
11:10 AM11:10

They Said No to Nixon: The Heroes in the Nixon Administration Who Took Him Down

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

October 30 - They Said No to Nixon: The Heroes in the Nixon Administration Who Took Him Down Michael Koncewicz (Tamiment Library, NYU)
Michael Koncewicz has taught History at St. Francis and directs the Cold War archival collections at NYU’s Tamiment Library. He received his Ph.D. in History at UC Irvine (2014) and is the author of They Said No to Nixon: Republicans Who Stood Up to the President's Abuses of Power (University of California Press, 2018).

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Oct
23
11:10 AM11:10

J. Edgar Hoover: Sex, Lies & Political History

FALL 2018 SENIOR LECTURE SERIES// CHALLENGE & CHANGE: CRITIQUING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE PRESENTS: 

October 23 - J. Edgar Hoover: Sex, Lies & Political History Claire Potter (History, The New School)

Claire Potter is a professor of History at The New School, Executive Editor of Public Seminar, and Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative. She researches post-1970 U.S. history, political history, the histories of gender and sexuality, and mass culture. She is author of War on Crime: Bandits, G-men, and the Politics of Mass Culture (1998); Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (2012); & Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back (2012). She is the author of the column "Tenured Radical" (now her Twitter handle) at The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as articles for Dissent, The Village Voice, Inside Higher Education, and Jacobin.

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted

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Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Graphic Justice Discussions 2018 featuring Ann Nocenti

The Graphic Justice Research Alliance (GJRA) is delighted to announce a call for papers for its annual conference at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY to be held October 20, 2018. The theme for this year’s Graphic Justice Discussions is ‘Law, Comics, Justice’, and promises to be an exciting event that will be accessible and relevant to scholars, artists, practitioners, policy-makers, writers, and the general public alike.

We are gratified to announce that legendary comic writer and editor Ann Nocenti will join us as this event’s keynote speaker. Nocenti has lent her distinctive voice to numerous beloved comic book runs, including her writings for Marvel’s Daredevil and DC’s Catwoman, Katana, and Green Arrow. We very much look forward to hearing her observations about the industry, as well as reflections on her latest project, the forthcoming The Seeds, a new four-issue series in collaboration with artist David Aja. The series, part of a new line of Berger Books published by Dark Horse Comics, is described as “An eco-fiction tech-thriller … a story of love beyond race and gender, and of the resilience of both human and animal kind.”

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating and inclusive occasion!

The GJRA is a multidisciplinary research network exploring the crossover between law and justice and comics of all kinds.

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