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Multiculturalism and Justice Series


On Friday, October 12, Victor Streib, J.D. will be presenting a lecture, “Death to the Women and Children” in the Standish Room, Science Library at 4:00 pm. The lecture is part of the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice. Dean Streib is the former Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Northern Ohio University School of Law. He is acknowledged to be one of the foremost experts on the application of the death penalty sentence to women and juveniles. Not only has he published numerous journal articles and books on the death penalty, but he also co-authored the principal brief arguing against the death penalty in Thompson v. Oklahoma 487 U.S. 815 (1987). In Thompson the Supreme Court prohibited the execution of individuals under the age of sixteen at the time of the crime. His work was also heavily cited in another Supreme Court case, Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005) in which the court did away with the death penalty for offenders under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

Dean Streib’s lecture is associated with the announcement of his donation of his personal papers to the National Death Penalty Archive at the University at Albany. Several of his books are available at the University Libraries including; Juvenile Justice in America (1978), Death Penalty for Juveniles(1987), and The Fairer Death: executing women in Ohio(2006).

Each of the series of lectures in the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century project’s series is followed by a film on a related topic the following week. The Execution of Wanda Jean will be shown on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 pm at Page Hall. This documentary film depicts the clemency appeal of mentally-impaired death row inmate Wanda Jean Allen. The failure of the appeal resulted in her execution on January 11, 2001. Wanda Jean Allen was the first black women to be executed in the United States since 1954. University at Albany professors Vivien Ng and James Acker will lead a discussion of the issues surrounding the case immediately following the film.

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