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

Strauser Lecture Series to feature counterterrorism adviser

Strauser Lecture Series to feature counterterrorism adviser

Download Image: Web

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.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

Useful Resources