• The NAACP’s Long Fight for the Right to Vote

    August 17, 2017 | Book Beat, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    From its first Supreme Court case in 1915 to today’s voter-suppression and gerrymandering, the NAACP has been on the front lines of the battle for the most fundamental American right. In The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice, lawyer, legal commentator and John Jay College professor Gloria Browne-Marshall tells the story of the organization’s courageous – and continuing – work in federal courtrooms, state capitols and city streets.  

  • Eleanor Roosevelt: A Woman in Full

    January 3, 2017 | Book Beat, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Thirty-five years after embarking on a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, historian Blanche Wiesen Cook has completed the third and final volume of her monumental portrait of one of the most important women of the 20th century. The author, a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center, says the ideals of “the first lady of the world” are a legacy that have never been more important.

  • Travels to Prison

    May 11, 2016 | Book Beat, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Baz Dreisinger started a pioneering program that brings college courses to people in prison and admits them to CUNY colleges after their release. The experience led the English professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to spend two years on a very personal journey to prisons around the world. The result, “Incarceration Nations,” is […]

  • Jail Breaks

    August 19, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    The longtime New York State Senate and Assembly leaders are indicted on corruption charges, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo names the attorney general a special prosecutor to look into civilian deaths caused by police. With these upheavals in the state legal universe, is this the year lawmakers finally grapple with sentencing reform and other changes to the criminal justice system? At John Jay College, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and other experts discuss the reform proposals.

  • ‘Hacktivists’ vs. the Government

    February 5, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    A conflict has been waging across the Internet in the past few years between “hacktivists” attempting own their own to expose public and private abuse and prosecutors and private companies trying to stop them. Peter Ludlow, a philosophy professor from Northwestern University, details this struggle in a lecture at John Jay College. Ludlow explains why the activists feel compelled to act and also explores how the government has attempted to combat those efforts with what critics call questionable legislation.

  • Secrets of the Underworld of Stolen Credit Cards

    January 23, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    As the number of major retailers hit by cybercriminals continues to grow, thousands of fresh credit- and debit-card numbers have turned up on so-called carding sites, where hacked credit-card data is sold. Tom Holt, associate professor at Michigan State University’s School of Criminal Justice, provides insight into the underworld of stolen financial information revealing a vast and intricate network.

  • Police Strategies — What Works, What Needs Improvement

    January 15, 2015 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    With tensions bringing law enforcement officers and their civilian critics to an apparent standoff, both sides are now looking for ways to find a balance between safety and civil liberties. Civil rights activist Connie Rice sits down with New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton at John Jay College to discuss current issues dealing with police and their enforcement of the law by looking at what does work and what can be improved.

  • Never Mind Illegal, It’s Wrong

    June 13, 2012 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    When it comes to reducing gang-related crime violence, ethics can often be a more effective tool than traditional law enforcement, according to criminologist David Kennedy. “In a place where people don’t believe in the law, calling something ‘wrong’ is much more powerful than calling it illegal,” says Kennedy, who directs the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College. As part of the Symposium Series at the college, Kennedy, in a lecture “Gangs and Crime: Reduction Strategies,” discusses his groundbreaking work that brings gang members together with community members, social services representatives and law enforcement officials, to help bring “domestic tranquility” to high-crime communities.

  • Mercury Rising — and Rising

    April 8, 2012 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Mercury — a complex environmental pollutant — is still on the rise. Indeed, it’s the only pollutant in the U.S. and around the globe for which advisories continue to increase, according to Anthony Carpi, professor of environmental toxicology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. When Mercury from natural or manmade causes, such coal-fired plants, leaves the atmosphere it “undergoes this hopscotching effect,” says Carpi, who recently led a team of researchers through the Amazon to study mercury mobility, “where a source in China could impact water resources in northern Canada.” The winner of the 2011 U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, Capri’s talk focused on mercury levels in the Amazon, as part of the Serving Science Cafe lecture series.

  • At Guantànamo, 172 Remain

    September 20, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    With President Obama’s plan to close Guantànamo Bay detention camp blocked by Congress, the fate of 172 detainees still imprisoned remains in question, said Gita Gutierrez, an attorney for the defense. “Guantànamo really is a living death” for clients there, said Gutierrez of the Center for Constitutional Rights, at an event at John Jay College, “The Guantànamo’s Lawyers Panel.” The discussion was held in conjunction with the “Art of Justice: 9/11 Performance Project” at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater and moderated by the award-winning actress and social advocate, Kathleen Chalfant.
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