Crime and Violence in America

FALL 2016 PROGRAM OF EVENTS

CRIME AND VIOLENCE IN AMERICA

This panel features speakers from UCA faculty and Conway government officials. The panel explores a history of violence and criminality in the United States with a focus on criminality throughout the decades in the south.

Panel Moderator: Peter Mehl, Ph.D. Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts.  Panelist: Michael Schaefer, Ph.D. Department of English, Alana Reid, Ph.D. Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, & Cultures, Story Matkin-Rawn, Ph.D. Department of History and Kristen Epps, Ph.D. Department of History.

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COST: FREE
WED, SEPT. 14 | 7PM – 9PM, UCA DOWNTOWN
INSTRUCTOR: SHERRY SKAGGS, PH.D., Department of Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology
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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Representatives from UCA faculty and the local government will explore sentencing, reentry, and recidivism in the United States. Criminal sentences for both adults and juveniles will be explored.

COST:  FREE
WED, OCT. 19 | 7PM – 9PM, UCA DOWNTOWN
INSTRUCTORS: TBA
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THE BIRTH AND DEATH OF AN IPHONE: CHINA AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

We’ve all seen the label: Made in China. Usually when we think about things made in China, the story is the product itself: excitement over a hot new gadget, or fear over safety standards in children’s toys. But what about the people who actually make the products we use everyday? This interactive talk explores China’s role in the global economy and its effect on everyday people by investigating the life cycle of an iPhone, from the mining of rare materials in Inner Mongolia, to assembly in Shenzhen, to the booming e-waste recycling industry in Guangdong.
Moreover, this talk provides insight into the economic, social, and political systems that help create the smartphones we use everyday. It also leads participants to question the labels we use to talk about the global economy. Discussion questions include:  How socialist is China really? What do we mean when we say jobs are shipped overseas? Ethically, how do we balance the convenience of technology with its human and environmental consequences?
COST:  FREE
WED OCT 26  | 7PM – 9PM,
 BHCC
INSTRUCTOR:  DR. ZACH SMITH
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CRIME AND SOCIETY: AN EXPLORATION OF CRIME AND VICTIMIZATION

In this panel, representatives from UCA faculty, local government and officers from multiple local police departments will explore crime and criminality in society. This is guaranteed to be a lively panel with a focus on causes and costs of crime in society.

COST:  FREE
WED, NOV. 9 | 7PM – 9PM, UCA DOWNTOWN
MODERATOR: DR. SHERRY SKAGGS
PANEL MEMBERS:
ED POWERS, Ph.D. – Dept. of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology – Trends & Patterns of Violence in the U.S.
JANET WILSON, Ph.D. – Dept. of Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology – The Cost of Victimization in the U.S.
DEE ANN NEWELL – Arkansas Voices for the Children Left Behind, Inc. – The Effect of Parental Incarceration on Children
JAIME ZAMBRANO, Ph.D. – Dept. of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures – Violence: Understanding Victims & Offenders
TOM MCINNIS, Ph.D. – Dept. of Political Science – Constitutional Issues:  Fourth & Fifth Amendments
AMY BLEDSOE – Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office – Crime in Faulkner County

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LEADING AND VALUE JUDGMENT

Good judgment is essential to educators, leaders and their followers who want to understand a fluid way to add value to their personal lives, relationships and professional development. Leading and Value Judgment is an interactive seminar introducing the Value Judgment Matrix (VJM), a research-based personal and professional development tool drawn from philosophy and psychology used in organizational, coaching, counseling and clinical contexts.The VJM is used to assist in decision-making, problem-solving and as a development tool for personal and professional growth. Participants will learn how their own unique value structure informs their work, relationships and personal goals and direction.

COST:  FREE
TUES, NOV 15 | 7PM – 9PM,
 BHCC
INSTRUCTOR: MALCOLM NORTH
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POLICE AND SOCIETY

Students and faculty from UCA’s Police & Society Service-Learning Course have partnered with Arkansas State Police, Conway Police Department, and UCA Police Department to host this Police Community Relations Gathering. This event capstones the partnership developed between the students and police departments during the fall semester. This is a chance to meet officers from these departments, students and faculty. Refreshments will be served.

COST:  FREE
FRI, DEC. 2 | 7PM – 9PM, UCA DOWNTOWN
INSTRUCTOR: DR. SHERRY SKAGGS
FEATURING:

  • ARKANSAS STATE POLICE
  • CONWAY POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • FAULKNER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
  • UCA POLICE DEPARTMENT

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CHANGING THE CULTURE OF EDUCATION: A FOCUS ON CULTURALLY RESPONSIBLE CLASSROOMS

Teachers are often afraid to broach the subject of race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, and/or other areas of diversity in their classrooms.This session will include a dialog with educators and insight from two underrepresented women in K-12 education. Additionally, this presentation will explore microaggression and the creation of culturally responsible classrooms. Educators will discuss how to conduct difficult conversations about diversity, inclusion, and social justice with K-12 students.
COST:  FREE
MON, DEC. 5  | 3:30PM – 4:30PM,  BHCC
INSTRUCTORS: DR. VICTORIA GROVES-SCOTT AND DR. CHARLOTTE GREEN
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