Author of "Cellblock Visions" to speak
The Lycoming College departments of art and criminal justice will host Phyllis Kornfeld, author of "Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America," on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Heim G-11. The event is free and open to the public.
Death penalty opponent to speak
Vicki Schieber, an opponent of the death penalty, will speak at Lycoming College on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. The free, public event is sponsored by Lycoming's United Campus Ministry and Criminal Justice Department, the United Churches of Lycoming County and Pax Christi of Northeast Pennsylvania.
In 1998, Schieber's daughter, Shannon, was raped and murdered while attending graduate school on a full scholarship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Despite their tragic loss and strongly motivated by Christian moral principles, Schieber and her husband, Sylvester, have dedicated their lives to seeking an abolition of the death penalty.
Author, advocate and former inmate speaks as part of Strauser Lecture Series
R. Dwayne Betts, a former inmate, prison reform advocate and the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Literary Debut, spoke at Lycoming College as part of the 12th annual Larry Strauser Lectureship in Criminal Justice on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. Heim Building G-11. At 16 years old, Betts, a good student from a lower-middle class family, carjacked a man. He had never held a gun before, but with this first offense, he committed six felonies within minutes. Betts pled guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison. While there, he became a poet, an advocate and an educator. His first book, the memoir "A Question of Freedom," was published in August 2009. It chronicles his years in prison during which he reflected on his crime and whether a "moment of insanity" would, or would not, define him. In 2010, Betts received the NAACP Image Award for Literary Debut for this book.
College to host forum on restorative justice and conflict resolution
Lycoming College's criminal justice department will hold a forum on restorative justice, mediation and conflict resolution and how these principles can be integrated into the criminal justice system. The event will be held On Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Academic Center C-303 at 7 p.m.