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Series addresses the death penalty in N.C. and the U.S.

BOONE—A series of programs addressing various issues related to the death penalty is being held at Appalachian State University. All presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons unless otherwise noted. The public is invited.

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“The Death Penalty in North Carolina, the United States and Beyond” is a collaborative endeavor between Appalachian’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 schedule of programs follows:

  • Oct. 15, “Just the Facts: The Death Penalty in N.C.” by Dr. Matt Robinson from the Department of Criminal Justice and Government Studies. Presentation begins at 5 p.m.
  • 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 Laughon, capital investigator and chair of UNC Asheville’s Department of Psychology.