Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Strauser Lecture Series

Professor Larry R. Strauser began the criminal justice major at Lycoming College in 1975. He envisioned a unique interdisciplinary curriculum at a liberal arts college that would contribute to the reformation of the criminal justice system. Under Strauser’s direction, the program grew, and today many alumni have gone on to successful criminal justice careers. We honor his legacy with the annual Strauser Lecture, which highlights the work of criminal justice practitioners and researchers who are dedicated to improving criminal justice practice and policy. Below are just a few of the experts who have delivered Strauser Lectures.

  • Ramiro Martinez, Ph.D.
    Professor of sociology and criminology and criminal justice at Northeastern University
    “Did more immigration mean more crime? National implications, local context and research findings”
  • April Bernard, Ph.D.
    Senior Director of Research and Analysis at Safer Foundation
    “Transformative Justice in the Lives of Criminal Justice Involved Women”
  • Elijah Anderson, Ph.D.
    William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
    "Revisiting the Code of the Street"
  • James P. Levine, Ph.D.
    Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    “Race and the Jury: Research and Reflections”
  • Michael Musheno, Ph.D. ’69
    Professor of Justice Studies at Arizona State University
    “Recalling Our Youth: Rethinking Contemporary Youth Violence”
  • Federal Judge Thomas Vanaskie ’75
    U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania
    “Remarks on Judicial Independence”