Third Annual Death Penalty Symposium

Utah Valley State College has attracted some of the world’s foremost scholars on issues related to the death penalty for its Third Annual Death Penalty Symposium Oct. 8-9 in SC 206B.

“This symposium will expose people to ideas from high-profile speakers from around the world,” said Sandy McGunigall-Smith, assistant professor of behavioral science. “We hope to provide a balanced, comfortable atmosphere for people to discuss this important issue.”

Nils Christie, who will speak on Oct. 8, is professor of Criminology at the University of Oslo. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and books. He has published books on topics such as crime, crime control, education, drugs and drug control. Christie has worked as a visiting professor in Berkeley, Jerusalem and Oxford, and has also given lectures in other universities in Latin America and in Eastern Europe.

On Oct. 9, Bud Welch, whose daughter Julie was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing, has won many awards for his involvement in speaking against the death penalty. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, State Senate and House Judiciary Committees, the British and European Parliament, made numerous radio and TV appearances and met frequently with the father of Timothy McVeigh.

For related local issues, representing the views of Utah’s policy and law makers will be Tom Bunker from the Attorney General's Office. The symposium will also include UVSC’s Student Debate Team, as well as panel discussions and book signings. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Oct. 8 – SC 206B
11 to 11:50 a.m.: Nils Christie, University of Oslo
12 to 12:50 p.m.: Robert Johnson, American University
(Lunches provided for first 30)
1 to 1:50 p.m.: Margaret Vandiver, University of Memphis
2 to 2:50 p.m.: Student Debate
3 to 3:30 p.m.: Book signing

Tuesday, Oct 9 – SC 206B
10 to 11:15 a.m.: Tom Bunker, Attorney General’s Office
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Hugo Bedau, Tufts University
(Lunches provided for first 30)
1 to 2:15 p.m.: Bud Welch
2:30 to 3:45 p.m.: Panel Discussion
4 to 4:30 p.m.: Book signing

Previous RJDP Symposia at UVU

1st Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: A Personal Perspective from Death Row
2nd Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking
3rd Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty
4th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Punishment and the Dealth Penalty
5th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty
6th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: What Does Justice Require?
7th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: Humanity and Justice - The Possibility 
8th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Death Penalty: From Capital Punishment to Restorative Justice - Where Does America Stand?
9th Annual Symposium on Restorative Justice and the Dealth Penalty: Why does the U.S. retain the Death Penalty?

Resources

The Death Penalty Information Center
Amnesty International