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Lycoming College's departments of criminal justice and criminology, and philosophy will host criminal justice expert David Kennedy on Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. Following the lecture, Kennedy will sign copies of his latest book, "Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship and the End of Violence in Inner-City America."
Kennedy is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control and a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
He has been praised for his unique approach to gang and drug-related inner-city violence. To deal with crime in major cities, he developed a three-pronged approach, which brought together gang members, social service agencies and law enforcement officials. His approach has had a positive effect in dramatically decreasing gang violence and has been implemented in many cities across the country.
Kennedy, a graduate of Swarthmore College, is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Innovations in Government award, the Herman Goldstein International Award for Problem-Oriented Policing, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Webber Seavey Award.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.