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Laura Pitter, counterterrorism adviser for the U.S.
Program at Human Rights Watch, will speak at Lycoming College as part of the
14th annual Larry Strauser Lectureship in Criminal Justice on Thursday,
April 11, at 4 p.m. in Heim G-11. The event is free and open to the public.
Pitter will discuss "The Treatment of Inmates at Guantanamo Bay and the System of Justice for Suspected Terrorists." She monitors, analyzes and writes about U.S. counterterrorism policies.
Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Pitter was a journalist, human rights
advocate and attorney who practiced in both the public and private sectors.
She was a reporter during the war
in Bosnia, where she wrote for Time Magazine and Reuters News Agency among
other media outlets. After the war, she worked for the United Nations in both
Bosnia and post Sept. 11-Afghanistan as a protection and political affairs
officer. After Afghanistan, Pitter practiced law for eight years, first as a
public defender and later with a product liability law firm, both in New York.
Pitter earned a bachelor’s degree
from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in
international affairs from Columbia University and a law degree from the
University of San Francisco.
The Strauser Lecture Series, sponsored by Lycoming’s criminal justice
department, is held each year to honor the memory of Larry Strauser, a 1959
Lycoming graduate and member of the College’s faculty from 1973 until his death
in 1999. Strauser, who earned a master’s degree in public administration from
the University of Arizona, started the interdisciplinary criminal justice
program at Lycoming in 1977.
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