Annual Strauser Lecture Series

Each year the Department invites a prominent individual within the fields of criminal justice and criminology to deliver a lecture on campus. The lectureship began in 2000 as a tribute to Professor Larry Strauser who founded the interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Program in 1977. He coordinated the Program for nearly a quarter of a century until his death in 1999, and his vision of broadly educating students of criminal justice within the context of the liberal arts remains a cornerstone of the Lycoming approach today. His impact on hundreds of criminal justice majors helped to launch careers that span all fields of law enforcement, corrections, and treatment at the local, state, and federal levels. Professor Strauser was himself a graduate of Lycoming College in 1959. After earning his Masters of Public Administration from University of Arizona and having amassed considerable criminal justice field experience, he returned to Lycoming to join the faculty. Throughout his teaching career he remained active in the local criminal justice scene, often called upon for criminal investigative work, and supervised hundreds of student internship experiences.

The lectures have included:

2012-2013
Laura Pitter, Esquire
Counterterrorism Advisor
US Program at Human Rights Watch

2011-2012
Robert K. Wittman
Founder, FBI Art Crime Team and Author
"Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures"

2010-2011
Mr. R. Dwayne Betts
Author and advocate for juvenile justice and prison reform
"A Question of Freedom"

2009-10
Mr. Juan Melendez
Exonerated Death Row Inmate
Served nearly 18 years on Florida's death row for a crime he did not commit.
"My story"

2008-09
Elijah, Anderson, Ph.D.
William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
"Revisiting the Code of the Street"
(co-sponsored campus event)

2007-08
Benjamin Fleury-Steiner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware
"Jurors' Stories of Death"

2006-07
Anita Ilta Garey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut
"Defining Problems, Allocating Responsibilities: Truancy and the ‘Problem-Solving' Court"

2005-2006
Sean Patrick Griffin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Administration of Justice, Penn State University-Abington
"The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia"

2004-2005
Alan Block, Ph.D.
Professor, Administration of Justice, Penn State University
"Organized Crime, Past and Present: The Criminology of Dire Warnings"

2003-2004
Kenneth McCabe, Lycoming College Class of '75
FBI Regional Division Director for Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia
"Terrorism and the USA PATRIOT Act"

2002-2003
James P. Levine, Ph.D.
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
"Race and the Jury: Research and Reflections"

2001-2002
Al Gerhardstein, Esquire
Partner, Law Offices of Laufman and Gerhardstein, Cincinnati, OH
"What We Can Learn from Prisoners"

2000-2001
Michael Musheno, Ph.D., Lycoming College Class of '69
Professor, Justice Studies, Arizona State University
"Recalling Our Youth: Rethinking Contemporary Youth Violence"

1999-2000
Federal Judge Thomas Vanaskie, Lycoming College Class of '75
U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania
"Remarks on Judicial Independence"