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Fall 2013–Spring 2014 | Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the publc.






Dream or vision? Restorative justice in the decade ahead

Lecture by Howard Zehr

Tuesday | April 8 | 12:30 PM

Geddes Hall | Coffee House

Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University

Cosponsored by Center for Social Concerns; Center for Civil and Human Rights

Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Howard Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. His impact has been especially significant in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Britain, the Ukraine, and New Zealand, a country that has restructured its juvenile justice system into a family-focused, restorative approach. A prolific writer and editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr actively mentors other leaders in the field. More than 1,000 people have taken Zehr-taught courses and intensive workshops in restorative justice, many of whom lead their own restorative justice-focused organizations. Zehr was an early advocate of making the needs of victims central to the practice of restorative justice. A core theme in his work is respect for the dignity of all peoples.From 2008-2011 he served on the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He serves on various other advisory boards.In 2013, Zehr stepped away from active classroom teaching and became co-director, with Dr. Carl Stauffer, of the new Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice.


Film screening: Concrete Steel and Paint

Monday | April 7 | 7 PM 

Geddes Hall  | Andrews Auditorium

Discussion with Howard Zehr

When men in a Pennsylvania state prison join with victims of crime to create a mural about healing, the two groups’ views on punishment, remorse, and forgiveness collide. They do not find consensus—but as the participants move through the creative process, mistrust gives way to surprising moments of human contact and common purpose.

This complex story raises important questions about crime, justice, and reconciliation, and dramatically illustrates how art can facilitate dialogue about difficult issues.


Community Workshop: In Pursuit of Justice

Saturday | April 5 | 9 AM-4 PM

Goodwill Center, 1805 W.Western Avenue, South Bend

Facilitated by Circle trainer Kay Pranis


This day-long workshop will be an opportunity for community members to think together about our criminal justice system and how it affects victims, offenders, their families, and our community. People from all of those perspectives are invited. The day will be facilitated by Kay Pranis, a renowned restorative justice practitioner, author, and trainer. 

Most of the day's work will be done in Circle dialogue, so that people with very different perspectives can hear and understand each other. This will be a chance to think together about harmful behavior and how to repair it, and about how to support victims and strengthen the community while holding people accountable. The day's goal is to increase our sense of shared responsibility for our criminal justice system and to clarify the values we most want that system to express.

Cost: $12, payable at the door; scholarships will be available. Lunch will be provided.

To register, please send an email to the Rev. Len Jepson.

Cosponsored by United Religious Community of St. Joseph County


Film screening: Juvies

Wednesday | March 26 | 7 PM

Andrews Auditorium | Geddes Hall

Followed by a discussion with:

Cecelia Klingele, Visiting Professor, Eck School of Law
Specialist in sentencing and correctional law and policy

Peter L Morgan, ND'90, JD '98 and LLM '99
Executive Director, Thomas N. Frederick Juvenile Justice Center, St. Joseph County

From award-winning documentary filmmaker Leslie Neale (Road to Return) comes this riveting look at a world most of us will never see: the world of juvenile offenders who are serving incredible prison sentences for crimes they either did not commit or were only marginally involved in. For two years, Neale taught a video production class at Los Angeles Central Juvenile Hall to 12 juveniles who were all being tried as adults. Juvies is the product of that class, which was a learning experience for both students and teacher—and becomes a learning experience for all of us, as we witness the heartbreaking stories of children abandoned by families and a system that has disintegrated into a kind of vending machine justice.

Narrated by actor Mark Wahlberg, himself a former juvenile offender, Juvies follows the lives of a group of young people who will serve most, if not all, of their lives behind bars. The kids talk about the mistakes they made and what they would do if they had the chance to do things differently. They exhibit courage in the midst of the most despairing conditions. And they force us to ask, "Why is this happening? Why have we allowed it to happen? And what can we do now to change laws that are nothing less than draconian, that we as a citizenry have allowed to be enacted?"

Interspersed with the kids' stories are interviews with experts in juvenile justice and gangs, and with well-known faces, like former Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti, who, in an incredible scene, admits that sentences like the one Michael Duc Ta received—during Garcetti's own tenure as D.A.— are unfair and should never have happened.

What has gone wrong with our juvenile justice system? And can it be changed before more young lives are destroyed forever? Juvies offers no easy answers, but it will make you think long and hard about what democracy and justice really mean.


Lecture: Maisha T. Winn

Thursday | March 27 | 4 PM

Eck Center

The Susan J. Cellmer Professor of English Education, at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Maisha T. Winn is a former public school teacher. She earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Winn became a member of a community of scholars who are intent on examining everyday literacy practices among adolescents in the interest of expanding earlier work on literacy practices within families and neighborhoods. Her work is focused on expanding the discipline to include performance and oral traditions in the examination of what constitutes the study of literacy.  Winn's research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated.

Cosponsored by Henkels Lecture Fund of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters; Center for Research on Educational Opportunity; Africana Studies; Gender Studies; Education, Schooling, and Society; Political Science; Center for Social Concerns of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend

Presented by Joe Segura and Doug Fransen, Segura Arts Studio

Cosponsored by the Snite Museum of Art and Segura Arts Studio


“Caritas: The Immigrant in the Word”

Monday | February 24 | 7-8:30 PM

Geddes Hall Chapel


Artist Ramiro Rodriguez; Sr. Jessica Brock; Prof. Jennifer Jones

Discussion of criminalization of immigrants and a faith-based response.


Unveiling and dedication of La Frontera by Sue Coe

Tuesday | February 18 | 4:30-5:30 PM

Geddes Hall | Coffee House


Film screening: Herman's House

Sunday | January 19 | 3 PM

Debartolo Performing Arts Center | Browning Cinema

Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States—he spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman's House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo's unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art. Herman Wallace was released from prison on October 1 and died shortly afterward on October 4, 2013.


Shakespeare Prison Practioners’ Conference

Friday and Saturday | November 15–16

Notre Dame Conference Center

Featuring keynote addresses and film screenings by Curt Tofteland, founding director, Shakespeare Behind Bars, and Tom Magill, founder, Educational Shakespeare Center and director of the Irish film, Mickey B.

The conference aims to bring together artists and educators engaged in transformational arts programs using Shakespeare in prisons across the USA (and the world) for an exploration and study of the effects such programming has on prison populations.

Sponsored by Shakespeare at Notre Dame


Discussion: Hyper-Incarceration Series

Friday | October 4 | 12 PM

Geddes Hall, Founders Room

Brown Bag Lunch

Drinks and dessert provided.


FILM: The House I Live In (2012)

Thursday | October 3 | 7 PM

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Browning Cinema

In forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all levels of America’s

War on Drugs.

The film recognizes the seriousness of drug abuse as a public health issue, and investigates the errors and shortcomings that have meant this symptom is most often treated as a cause for law enforcement, creating a vast machine that largely feeds on America’s poor, and especially on minority communities.

Cosponsored by DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


The Scandal of White Complicity in U.S. Hyper-incarceration:

A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance

Wednesday | September 18 | 12–1:30 PM

Geddes Hall, Coffee House

A panel discussion, reading, and book signing featuring coauthors Margie Pfeil, Laurie Cassidy, and Alex Mikulich

The Scandal of White Complicity and U.S. Hyper-incarceration is a groundbreaking exploration of the moral role of white people in the disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans and Latinos in the United States. Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy, and Margaret Pfeil are white Catholic theologians developing understanding of how whiteness operates in the U.S. system of incarceration and witnessing to a Christian nonviolent way for whites to subvert our oppression of brothers and sisters of color.

Cosponsored by the Department of Theology


FILM: Slavery by Another Name (2012)

Tuesday | September 17 | 7 PM

Geddes Hall, Andrews Auditorium

Based on Douglas A. Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

Introduced by Monica Tetzlaff, associate professor of History, Indiana University South Bend with commentary by Margie Pfeil, assistant professor of theology, University of Notre Dame, Laurie Cassidy, assistant professor of theology, Marywood University and Alex

Mikulich, assistant professor, Loyola University New Orleans.

Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor.


Spirituality, Birmingham Bombing, and Birmingham Civil Rights Movement

Monday | September 9 | 7–8:30 PM

Snite Museum of Art, Annenberg Auditorium

A lecture with Wilson Fallin, Jr., professor of history, University of Montevallo

Wilson Fallin, Jr. is an associate professor of history at the University of Montevallo. He also serves as president of Birmingham-Easonian Baptist Bible College, visiting professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University, and pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Birmingham. A former president of Selma University in Selma, Alabama, Fallin has taught history at Miles College and is historian for the National Baptist Convention. He is the author of The African American Church in Birmingham, Alabama, 18151963: A Shelter in the Storm (Garland Publishing, 1997). Fallin is currently researching his second book entitled Uplifting the People: Black Baptists in Alabama, 17012000.

Sponsored by Multicultural Student Programs and Services



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