Law & Dis/Order

Weissman Center for Leadership
and the Liberal Arts

Fall 2005

Upcoming Events

The "Law & Disorder" series for the fall has come to an end, but stay tuned for details regarding our spring series: "Acts of Reconstruction".

Past Events

New York Stories: The City Before and After September 11 and Memorial Service

What does it mean to tell the story of New York City? Join us for a roundtable conversation with documentary film maker Steve Rivo and MHC History professor Daniel Czitrom about how the events of September 11 have shaped their work and thinking about New York City in compelling ways. Mr. Rivo will screen rare historical footage of the city and the World Trade Center Towers and share details about his recent PBS documentary on New York City.

Date: Sunday, September 11

Time: 2:00 PM

Speakers: Steve Rivo and Daniel Czitrom

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Storms of Controversy: Hurrican Katrina, Broken Levees, and Lives Undone

A public conversation about disasters, class, race, and politics in and beyond the gulf states.

Date: Sunday, September 25

Time: 2:00 PM

Speakers: Benigno Aguirre, Margaret Kimberly, Lynda Morgan, Preston Smith

Place: HookerAuditorium, Mount Holyoke

Shock and Awe: Law and Dis/Order in Iraq and Beyond

The “war on terror” is a multi-faceted and international endeavor. It involves nations and nation-states, depends on covert operations and highly visible military campaigns, relies on soldiers and civilians, and shapes current and future domestic and foreign policies on civil rights, political affiliation, and social order. Our featured panelists will discuss the front lines of various battles related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Date: Thursday, September 29

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker: Jonathan Pyle, James Bamford, Kamal Nawash, and Raymond Tanter

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

'Kansas Charley' to Simmons v. Roper: Rethinking The Juvenile Death Penalty in America

Joan Jacobs Brumberg, a prizewinning historian and author of Fasting Girls and The Body Project, will consider the juvenile death penalty in historical perspective. Central to her talk will be the riveting case of Kansas Charley, an orphaned 17-year old boy executed by hanging in Wyoming in 1892.

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker: Joan Jacobs Brumberg

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

Jonathan Kozol, who describes himself as one who bears witness to the plight of children, is a teacher and an inspired writer. His most recent work, Shame of the Nation, confirms chilling realities about the status of children in American public schools and illuminates the compelling public imperatives that may elicit much needed intervention and reform.

Date: Tuesday, October 25

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker: Jonathan Kozol

Place: Chapin Hall, Mount Holyoke College

The Women of Abu Ghraib

This lecture, the first in our newly established Weissman Center On the Road program, is part of a splendid collaboration with the MHC Alumnae Association. In partnership with the Washington D.C. alumnae club, we present a lecture by Tara McKelvey, a senior editor at The American Prospect and a contributing editor for Marie-Claire magazine, who will discuss the haunting testimonies that she has gathered from Iraqi women. McKelvey, who has published widely on issues facing women and girls, as well as on justice, imprisonment, and human rights, will provide a global perspective both on the war in Iraq and on women and prisons.

Date: Saturday, October 29

Time: 6:00 PM

Speaker: Tara McKelvey

Place: The Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.

Public and Private Testimonies: Women and Prison in America and Abroad

Cristina Rathbone, author of A World Apart, will discuss her efforts to document life for those incarcerated in MCI Framingham, the only women’s correctional facility in Massachusetts. The American Prospect senior editor Tara McKelvey, who has written widely on domestic violence and on women in prisons here and abroad, has published searing accounts of women detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib Prison. Lysette Navarro, a poet, public speaker, and facilitator with Voices from Inside, is part of a dynamic community and national network that seeks to give voice to incarcerated women. Professor Paula C. Johnson, Syracuse University College of Law, and author of Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison, will discuss the glaring inequalities of race and gender in court sentencing and penal institutions.

Date: Thursday, November 3

Time: 7:00 PM

Speakers: Cristina Rathbone, Tara McKelvey, Lysette Navarro, and Paula C. Johnson

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Judges, Citizenship and Justice

Judge Joyce London Alexander, the first African American woman to serve as Magistrate Judge in the United States, will consider recent judicial events and cases and consider how collective responsibility is a vital component of law and order. Her colleagues have hailed her as an incisive thinker, spirited citizen, dedicated teacher, and a pioneer of judicial integration. Judge Alexander believes firmly that the “enforcement of rights . . . is necessary and proper” and that it is “never contrary to the optimum workings of justice.”

Date: Thursday, November 17

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker: Judge Joyce London Alexander

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College