University series addresses death penalty in N.C., U.S.
by Staff Reports
A series of programs addressing various issues related to
the death penalty will be held beginning Sept. 25 at Appalachian State
University. All presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 114 of Belk Library
and Information Commons. The public is invited.
“The Death Penalty in North Carolina, the United States
and Beyond” is a collaborative endeavor between ASU’s Department of Government
and Justice Studies, Department of Sociology, Office of Multicultural Student
Development, ACT Service Learning & Community-Based Research Program and
the Center of Social Justice and Human Rights.
The first program begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.
Dr. Trina Seitz from the Department of Sociology will discuss “North Carolina’s
Death Penalty History.”
Other programs are:
Oct. 10, “Just the Facts: The Death Penalty in N.C.”
by Dr. Matt Robinson from the Department of Criminal Justice and Government
Oct. 29, “Does the Death Penalty Serve Victims?” presented
by Dr. Jean Parks from Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.
Nov. 6, “Race and Ethnicity and the Death Penalty in N.C.”
presented by Dr. Frank Baumgartner from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of
Political Science and Dr. Cynthia Caravelis-Hughes from Western Carolina
University’s Department of Criminal Justice.
Nov. 27, “Innocence and the Death Penalty in N.C.” with panelists Darryl Hunt, a former inmate wrongfully convicted, Tarrah Callahan from the N.C. Coalition for a Moratorium, Glen Edward Chapman, a former inmate wrongfully convicted, and Dr. Pam Laughton, mitigation specialist and case investigator from UNC Asheville.