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Past Events sponsored by the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice:

 

10/14: BACK IN THE WORLD: A panel discussion of ZEBRATOWN, a book about former inmate Kevin Davis's pursuit of the American Dream

 

Information on Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity (CPLE) Summer Conference - August 25 and 26, 2010

 

Spring 2010 Race & Justice Lecture Series:

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May 5, 2010: We are More than Beads and Feathers: We are the New Faces of an Ancient People

A Lecture by Professor John Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Communications, Pennsylvania State University

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 615B, John Jay College, 555 W. 57th St., New York City

Co-sponsored by The Center on Race, Crime, and Justice, Center on Media, Crime, and Justice, McNair Scholars Program, Graduate Studies Program, Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, and John Jay Urban Male Initiative

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April 26, 2010: The Race, Class, and Gender 'Profiling'/Inscription of the 'Criminal' - the Origins of Criminology, Revisited

A Lecture by Professor Jason Ambroise, Assistant Professor of History, William Paterson University

Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Location: Room 630T, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave., New York City

Co-sponsored by The Center on Race, Crime, and Justice, Graduate Studies Program, Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, and John Jay Urban Male Initiative

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April 15, 2010: Neighborhood Context and Urban Violence: Examining the Role of Immigration
A Lecture by Professor Jorge Chavez, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Bowling Green State University

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Location: Room 630T, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave., New York City
Co-sponsored by The Center on Race, Crime, and Justice, Graduate Studies Program, Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, John Jay Urban Male Initiative, and the Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studiesand part of the Race & Justice Lecture Series funded by the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund.

 

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April 8, 2010: Black Women, Male Violence, and the Build-up of a Prison Nation: Reflections on Race, Class, Gender, and Crime
Lecture by Dr. Beth Richie, Professor of Criminal Justice and African American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Time: 3:30 – 5:00PM
Location: North Hall, Multi-Purpose Room, John Jay College, 445 W. 59th St.

Co-sponsored by The Center on Race, Crime, and Justice, Graduate Studies Program, Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, Gender Studies Program, and JJC Urban Male Initiative, and part of the Race & Justice Lecture Series funded by the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund.

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March 11, 2010: A Nation of Jailers: Mass Incarceration and the Quality of American Democracy
Lecture and book-signing by Professor Glenn C. Loury, Ph.D., Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Brown University on his book, Race, Incarceration, and American Values (MIT Press, 2008).
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Theatre Lobby, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave., New York City
Co-sponsored by the John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice, the African American Studies Department and The Correctional Association of New York, and part of the Race and Justice Lecture Series funded by the CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund.

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February 4, 2010:The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

A lecture and book-signing by Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University and former Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at Vera Institute of Justice.

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Location: Room 630T, John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave

Co-sponsored by The Center on Race, Crime, and Justice and The Urban Male Initiative

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November 30, 2009: (Graduate Lecture Series) Tattletales and Victims: Rethinking Police Use of Confidential Informants

A lecture by Professor Delores Jones-Brown, Director of Center on Race Crime and Justice, and Professor Jon Shane, Senior Research Associate for the Police Foundation, Washington, D.C. and a subject matter expert for the Center for Problem Oriented Policing.

Time: 5:30 p.m.—7:00 p.m

Location: 1311, North Hall, John Jay College, 59th St. and Tenth Ave., New York City

Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Crime and Justice.

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November 12, 2009 - Students Report Back: Dominican Republic - Study Abroad Program June 2009

The Study Abroad Program in the Dominican Republic appeals to those students who are interested in researching “Third World” criminology issues. By providing a comparative view of the Caribbean through the lens of crime, culture, history, politics, religion and language, students participate in various field trips that provide them with opportunities to conduct research throughout the Dominican Republic, including an in-depth study of the pressing issues concerning Dominican deportees, the problems of the Dominican-Haitian border, the condition of Dominican prisons, among others issues facing the Caribbean. The program also ap-peals to students who seek to deepen their appreciation for the diverse cultures of the Caribbean, as well as those who desire to increase fluency in the Spanish language. Professor Luis Barrios, Chair of the Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and Director of the Study Abroad Pro-gram, along with Professor Jeannette Brown, Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Program, and a select group of students participants; Amanda Aponte, Victor Hiciano, Joshua Eichenbaum, Brittney Narcisse and Janet Garcia will share the research they conducted during their visit to the Dominican Republic. This presentation will be followed by Ken Lewandowski, Director of International Studies and Programs, who will provide information about the 2010 application process.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
445 West 59th Street, Room 1311N
3:30pm—5:00pm

For more information, contact Christopher Aviles at (212) 237-8749 or via email at caviles@jjay.cuny.edu

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June 30, 2009: Power of One Racial Justice Awards

Co-sponsored with the Department of African-American Studies, the Power of One Racial Justice Awards recognize individuals who have dared to take on issues related to race and the criminal justice system and made a difference in how justice is administered and/or called public attention to long standing race, crime and justice concerns that had gone under-addressed or unaddressed.

The 2009 recipients were:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, for the significant racial implications associated with his analysis and decision in the case of State v. Soto in New Jersey.

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, for her remarkable work to abolish capital punishment in New Jersey.

Former New York Post reporter, Leonardo Blair, for risking his job to speak out against his personal treatment at the hands of the NYPD.

Click Here for information about each recipient.

Click Here for the Opening Remarks given by John Jay Provost Jane Bowers.

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Click Here for Leonardo Blair's NYCLU video describing his encounter with the NYPD.

Click Here for Leonardo Blair's New York Post article.

February 23, 2009: Discussion and Book Signing by Dr. Alford Young, Jr.

on his recent book, The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility, Opportunity, and Future Life Chances.

Dr. Young, Jr. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Co-sponsored by:

Department of Sociology

Department of African American Studies

Gender Studies Program

John Jay College Black Male Initiative

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December 4th, 2008: First Meeting of the Advisory Board of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice

The inagural meeting of the Center's Advisory Board.



December 4th, 2008: And Justice for All? Assessing the Changing Climate for Criminal Justice Reform

A discussion on equity in justice by Marc Mauer, Director of The Sentencing Project in Washington, D.C., and Advisory Board Member of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice.



October 29th, 2008: Black Cleopatra: Hannah Elias and the Murder of the Man Who Invented New York - A Story of Race, Sex, and Real Estate

Discussion by Professor Emeritus Jon-Christian Suggs on the case of the murder of John Platt and Professor Suggs' invesitgation of the intersections of race, wealth, and criminal justice in 1903 New York City through a long-forgotten case of murder and exortion.



October 24th, 2008: Toward a More Perfect Union

A screening of the segment Toward a More Perfect Union, a segment on race and politics by John Jay College's student-run talk show, Speaking Truth2 Power. Accompanied by discussion by panelists Professor Greg Donaldson and students appearing in film: McKeeney Murray, Nikki Goldberg, and Bianca Van Heydoorn. Moderated by Professor Lyell Davies.



May 12th, 2008:
Media, Race and Capital Punishment Conference
The Center on Race, Crime and Justice is a multifaceted multidisciplinary entity for exploring critical issues at the intersection of race/ethnicity, crime and justice. Through a visiting scholars program, community partnerships and collaborative efforts within the College and across the University, Center participants conduct funded research aimed at answering several of the "big questions" that plague our understanding of crime and justice in a diverse society. Below are some important research themes and clips from our most recent conference, "Media, Race and Capital Punishment.”

Capital Punishment Briefing
Prospects are looking up for anti-death penalty advocates around the country, according to Celeste Fitzgerald, who spearheaded the successful New Jersey campaign to abolish the death penalty. Speaking at the May 12 conference on Race, Media and Capital Punishment at John Jay College, Fitzgerald looks ahead to California, Tennessee, and Maryland -- as well as New Mexico and Montana. "If New Jersey was a moment, the next one will be a trend," she claimed at the conference, organized by the Center on Media Crime & Justice at John Jay and the Center on Race, Crime and Justice. David Kaczyinski, head of New Yorkers against the death penalty (and brother of the Unabomber) speaks as well in the clip. The YouTube clip can be accessed here.

Unabomber's Brother Speaks Out on the Death Penalty
David Kaczyinski, head of New Yorkers against the Death Penalty, argues that race is a crucial factor in determining who receives the death penalty in the U.S. In a moving luncheon address, he compares the treatment given to his brother, the Unabomber and an African- American defendant. In five parts:

- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
- Part 4
- part 5

Additional parts of the conference available for viewing:


May 7th, 2008: The Obama Factor: 200 Years of Race, Law and Voting Rights
A book signing and discussion titled: “The Obama Factor: 200 Years of Race, Law and Voting Rights” by Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall of of the Law and Police Science Department and author of, Race, Law and American Society: 1607 to Present (Routledge 2007)


May 7th, 2008: Cop in the Hood: My year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District
The John Jay Book and Author series presents a discussion of Cop in the Hood: My year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District (Princeton University Press, 2008) by Professor Peter Moskos of the Law and Police Science Department. Panelists included Kareem Fahim of the New York Times and Joseph Poss, author of Brooklyn Bounce and former member of the NYPD; Delores Jones-Brown, director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice was the Moderator.



May 2nd, 2008:
Media and the Sean Bell Case
Attorney Mimi Rosenberg from the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society discussed the role of the media in the Sean Bell case. This event was co-sponsored by the African American Studies Department at John Jay College.



May 1st, 2008: The Effects of Race and Neighborhood on Adolescent Males’ Police Experiences; & Police in Britain and the Use of Ethnography as a Research Techniq
ue

Visiting Scholar Rod Brunson, assistant professor at the University of Alabama, gave a research presentation for the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program Colloquium, along with South African Journalist, Jonny Steinberg.



March 27th, 2008: “Zebratown”

“Zebratown,” named for the interracial enclave near the Elmira Correctional Facility, is Professor Greg Donaldson’s five-year study of a former state prison inmate’s struggle to reenter society and reinvent himself. With one foot in his former world of drug dealers and another firmly planted in a new home in a new city, Kevin Davis walks along the narrowest divide between personal disaster and triumph. Professor Donaldson, a widely published journalist, spoke of the unusual origins of “Zebratown”, exploring public policy related to prisoner reentry and its impact on interracial relations. Donaldson’s presentation included a discussion of ethics in ethnography and the techniques of creative non-fiction. This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Speech, Theater, and Media Studies; the African American Studies Department, and the Office for the Advancement of Research of John Jay College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 26th, 2008: Reception Honoring Professor Delores Jones-Brown
President Jeremy Travis held a reception in the President’s Office at John Jay College for Professor Delores Jones-Brown in celebration of her appointment to Director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice.



February 28th, 2008: 2nd Annual Fyfe Memorial Police Accountability Conference

To continue the scholarly tradition of research on police accountability exemplified in the work of the late Dr. James Fyfe, John Jay College of Criminal Justice sponsors a conference series and offers support for students who specialize in research about police. The Fyfe Fellowship is awarded to a student who has served as a law enforcement officer and is writing a dissertation on a topic related to policing.
- Fyfe Memorial Program



February 19th, 2008: The Black Shields

In Celebration of Black History Month, The Center on Race, Crime and Justice presented "The Black Shields," a discussion and book signing by author Roger L. Abel. Mr. Abel is a retired second grade New York City Police Detective and a native New Yorker, with a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. His work is a powerful pictorial history and narrative of the Black police experience that documents the successes and accomplishments shaped by an interconnected series of sociological, political and legal events that continue to take place today.



November 19th, 2007: Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime & Shopping Under Suspicion: Consumer Racial Profiling and Perceived Victimization in the 'City of Brotherly Love'

Dr. Shaun L. Gabbidon, Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs, Penn State- Harrisburg presented his latest book, Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime, and his on-going research on racial profiling and victimization in Philadelphia. Steve Rutter, the Routledge Publisher for Social Sciences, and Dr. Gabbidon also hosted "Meet the Publisher" to discuss publishing opportunities in the Criminology and Justice Studies Series.Click here for more information.



October 22-31, 2007: Re-Drawing Resistance

Re-Drawing Resistance is a collection of paintings, photography, poetry and videos from South Asian women survivors of violence, their families and their artist allies. “South Asian Women's Stories of Survival and Resistance” was sponsored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Gender Studies Committee.
For More Information:
RedrawingResistance.com



October 30, 2007: Books Not Bars

On October 30th, 2007 the Center on Race, Crime and Justice hosted "Books Not Bars," featuring its director, Zachary Norris, Esq. Mr. Norris is a 2007 Human Rights Advocates Program Fellow at Columbia University, Center for the Study of Human Rights. Through the Books Not Bars program, Mr. Norris fights to redirect California's resources away from youth incarceration and toward the creation of youth opportunities.

Click here for more information.



May 3rd, 2007: Recovering Bodies of Evidence: Black Woman, Sexual Assault and Citizenship

Dr. Toni Irving, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and our first visiting scholar, presented her research on the failure to prosecute sexual assault cases in Philadelphia, P.A., particularly those involving African American women and girl victims. Her research pulls from over two thousand "real" rape cases of low income black women and girls ignored and not investigated in Philadelphia between 1995 and 2000.

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April 18th, 2007: Research on the "N" Word
Professor Kimora from the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration will present her research on the use of "N" word. Her research will concentrate on the results from a focus group discussion at a drug treatment center in the Bronx. In addition, Professor Kimora will talk about the historical and political implications of the use of the "N" word. 12:30 - 2.00 p.m., Room 630 T Click here for more information



March 6th, 2007: A Child in the Electric Chair

Professor Eli Faber, Chair of the History Department, John Jay College, CUNY Professor Faber presented on his research-in-progress regarding the life and times of George Stinney, Jr., a 14-year-old African American boy executed by the State of South Carolina in 1944 for the murder of two white girls. He is reported as being the youngest person formally executed in the United States under modern statutes.

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February 21st, 2007: Race and Death Penalty Research

Presenters: George Woodworth, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Iowa Richard Berk, Department of Criminology and Statistics, University of Pennsylvania Barry Latzer, Department of Government, John Jay College, CUNY This event presented recent developments in statistics and qualitative research on the role of race in capital prosecutions and sentencing. Co-Sponsored with the Government Department of John Jay College.
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Related Research



February 15th, 2007: After Innocence

After Innocence Party to Promote Justice featuring the award winning documentary, “After Innocence” chronicling the lives of men exonerated and released from prison based on DNA evidence. David Shepard, an exoneree from New Jersey, who featured in the film, was present to answer questions. Co-Sponsored with the Prisoner Re-entry Institute.

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February 14th, 2007: Reception Welcoming Dr. Toni Irving
President Jeremy Travis and The Center on Race, Crime and Justice hosted a reception welcoming Dr. Toni Irving, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame as the first visiting scholar for the Center. Her research was on the failure to prosecute sexual assault cases in Philadelphia, P.A. particularly involving African American women and girl victims.
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February 7th, 2007: Dual Book Discussing & Signing

Author Kwando M. Kinshasa, former Chair of African American Studies Department, discussed Black Resistance to the Klu Klux Klan in the Wake of Civil War and African American Chronology: Chronologies of the American Mosaic.

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December 12th, 2006: Another Mother's Son: An Emergency Forum to Discuss the Shooting Death of Sean Bell and its Implications for Police-Community Relations Another Mother’s Son

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October 26th, 2006: Scottsboro Then and Now: The Perpetual Struggle for Justice in the
United States: A Commemorative Symposium
Co-sponsored with the African American Studies Department and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies

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October 3rd, 2006: The Death Penalty in Black and White
Co-sponsored with Office for the Advancement of Research and John Jay College BA/MA Program

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May 3rd, 2006:
Knowing What We Know: African American Women’s Experiences of Violence and Violation
Discussion and book signing by Gail Garfield; co-sponsored with the Sociology Department
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February 24th, 2006: A Brief History of Race and the Law in America: Selected Cases

Black History Lecture Delivered by Gloria Brown-Marshall



December 13th, 2005: Critical Race Theory in Understanding Race, Crime and Justice Issues Inaugural Colloquium Delivered by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

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October 11th, 2005: Center on Race, Crime and Justice Launching



February 18-19th, 2005: Race, Crime and Justice Center Planning Symposium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary of the New York City Bar Association forum titled "The New York Police Department's Stop and Frisk Policies: Are they Effective? Fair? Appropriate?" (March 9,2010)

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Race, Crime and Justice: A Fresh Look at Old Questions
(2008 Orison S. Marden Lecture delivered to The New York City Bar Association by President Jeremy Travis)

The Role of Critical Race Theory in Understanding Race, Crime, and Justice Issues
(Inaugural Colloquium delivered by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, University of Pittsburgh, School of Law)

And Justice for All? Assessing the Changing Climate for Criminal Justice Reform
2008 Annual Colloquium by Advisory Board Member Marc Mauer, Director,
The Sentencing Project


Congratulations to our 2009 Power of One Racial Justice Awards Recipients:

The late Honorable Robert E. Francis, Superior Court of New Jersey

Celeste Fitzgerald, Program Director of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

Leonardo Blair, freelance journalist, formerly of the New York Post

Click Here to go to our Announcements page to read more about the Awards and recipients

Click Here to see photos from the Awards Luncheon