William Kelly

William Kelly

St. Scholastica will host a renowned criminal justice scholar for a free public discussion about crime and punishment in the United States.

The Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice Lecture Series presents "Transforming Crime and Punishment" with Professor William Kelly at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus.

Having taught and researched criminology and the criminal justice systems of the world for over 25 years, Kelly has been a prominent consultant for state and federal governments, working directly with federal and state prosecutors, parole agencies, law enforcement officials and probation departments. He has written four books during his time at the University of Texas at Austin, including "Criminal Justice at the Crossroads: Transforming Crime and Punishment" and "From Retribution to Public Safety: Disruptive Innovation of American Criminal Justice."

This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served at a reception after the talk.

The theme of the 2019-20 Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice Lecture is "...And Justice for All." This lecture series confronts American culture with questions to our legal morality: Is justice available to everyone in equitable portions? Do we all understand justice the same way?

The rest of the 2019-20 schedule is: 

  • "The Power of Restorative Justice" with Lara Bazelon, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Bazelon focuses on changes our justice system could undergo to change for a kinder, more ethically sound legal system.
  • "Justice, Reconciliation and the Gifts of Nature" with Jamie Harvie, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Harvie is the executive director of the Duluth-based Institute for a Sustainable Future. His talk will focus on the intersections between the legal system and the ecosystem.
  • "Life and Freedom on Death Row" with Anthony Ray Hinton, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Hinton is the survivor of a nearly 30-year sentence on death row on a wrongful conviction, and will speak about his time in legal limbo. 

All lectures are held in the Mitchell Auditorium at the Duluth Main Campus, from 7:30 to  9:30 p.m.

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