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April 9 9:00 AM 20th Annual Malcolm/King Breakfast (Rescheduled)
Keynote Speaker: Woodie King Jr. Founder, New Federal Theatre Honoree: Robert Johnson Bronx District Attorney Gymnasium, Haaren Hall

News and Events of Interest to the College Community March 31, 2010

John Jay Center Turns Up the Heat on a Hot-Button Issue, Stop & Frisk Practices
Few questions regarding police practices in New York City are more sensitive than those surrounding stop, question and frisk tactics, with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers being stopped by police each year. In hopes of shedding light on the dimensions of the controversial issue and contributing to the public’s understanding of it, John Jay’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice has produced “Stop, Question & Frisk Policing Practices in New York City: A Primer.” The document was unveiled on March 9 in connection with a forum at the New York City Bar Association. “The purpose of the primer is not to settle the debate about the costs and benefits of current practice,” said John Jay President Jeremy Travis. “On the contrary, the primer simply presents available data on stop, question and frisk practices in New York City; the interpretation of the data is left to others. Appropriately, the primer also provides a list of questions, recognizing both that the list is incomplete and that some advocates in the debate would assert that critical questions have already been answered.” Under the lead authorship of Professor Delores Jones-Brown, Director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice, the primer documents that over the seven-year period from 2003 to 2009, the number of stops documented by New York City police officers each year has more than tripled, to more than 575,000 in 2009. Even that figure is likely to represent only about 70 percent of the actual number, since not all stops are documented. Five of the city’s 76 police precincts had the greatest number of stops cumulatively from 2003 to 2008: the 23rd (Upper East Side/East Harlem), 73rd (Ocean Hill-Brownsville), 75th (East New York), 79th (Bedford-Stuyvesant) and 103rd (Jamaica). Of the more than 540,000 stops in 2008 alone, just over 54 percent involved the officer frisking the suspect. “A very small percentage (1.24 percent) of total stops resulted in the discovery of a weapon of any kind (gun,

April 12 7:00 PM Justice and Injustice in 1950s America

The Role of Folk Music as an Element in an Emerging Counter-Culture Peggy Seeger Room 630, Haaren Hall

April 16 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM 2nd Biennial Literature & Law Conference
Registration required. Online at http://litandlawjjay.blogspot.com Various locations, Haaren Hall

Professor Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University addresses a packed house at New York City Bar Association headquarters, during a forum that accompanied the release of a primer on the stop, question and frisk practices of the New York City Police Department. The primer was prepared by John Jay’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice.

April 19 7:00 PM Justice and Injustice in 1950s America

The 1950s: Some Literary Snapshots E.L. Doctorow Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Haaren Hall

April 19 5:00 PM 2010 Alumni Reunion

With a special salute to the graduating classes of 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970 and 1965. Haaren Hall

knife or other type of weapon),” the primer reported. A slightly higher percentage (1.70 percent) led to the discovery of some other kind of contraband, including illegal drugs, and 6 percent of stops resulted in an arrest. Blacks and Hispanics made up the overwhelming majority of persons stopped for each year between 2003 and 2009. In 2009 alone, the primer points out that blacks and Hispanics combined were stopped nine times more than whites. Blacks and Hispanics were also more likely to be subjected to frisks and police use of force following a stop. The primer notes that while available data on police stops in New York City describe a great deal about their volume, nature and outcomes, the statistics raise as many questions as they answer. The primer suggests that future research should examine such questions as: ¶ How does being stopped by a police officer affect one’s perceptions of law enforcement,

especially among youth? ¶ What are the best practices in conducting stops? ¶ What causal relationship, if any, exists between public safety and the police use of stop, question and frisk tactics? ¶ How do current stop-and-frisk practices compare with the NYPD’s stated prohibition against racial profiling? Participants in the accompanying panel discussion included former Miami, FL, Police Chief John Timoney; Professor Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University; Heather MacDonald, the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute; and Professor Tracey Meares, Deputy Dean of the Yale Law School. Funding for the publication of the stop and frisk primer was provided by the Open Society Institute. The Center for Constitutional Rights provided some of the data and analysis used in the document, which is available online at www. jjay.cuny.edu/primer.

Don’t Touch That Dial: John Jay Is Now on iTunes U
John Jay students — along with the entire online world — now have access to a wide variety of multimedia content — including course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, performances and much more — through the popular iTunes University website. iTunes U offers educational content from hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States. Once a user has installed free iTunes software on a personal computer, videos and audios can be downloaded to an iPod, iPhone or other MP3 player. John Jay’s iTunes site has both public and private sections. The public portion, which debuted last week, includes features such as college highlights, presentations such as the Patrick V. Murphy lecture series, Lloyd Sealy lecture series and the Book & Author panel discussions, conferences and symposia, and the CUNY-TV program “Criminal Justice Matters.” Sports highlights, college-sponsored performances, campus tours and interviews with college faculty, staff, students and alumni are also part of iTunes U. The private portion of John Jay’s iTunes presence, which was rolled out earlier, has a course-specific section, with all courses offered at the College automatically receiving an iTunes site. Only students enrolled in a given course can access its iTunes site, and faculty members are responsible for building and customizing the site. The private section can be accessed via Blackboard or directly without first going through Blackboard, and requires the same authentication procedures for security purposes. Check the college website, www.jjay.cuny.edu, for information and updates on iTunes University @ John Jay.

Alumna Takes On the World

Prized Internship Awaits at Hague Tribunal

Fabiana Araujo, a May 2009 master’s degree program in graduate of John Jay’s baccalauInternational Crime and Justice. reate program in International “Her new duties will combine Criminal Justice, has won a presher training in criminal justice, tigious internship at the Interher experience as a paralegal national Criminal Court in The in the immigration law firm Hague, Netherlands. of Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. Araujo will be working in the and her fluency in Portuguese, Victims and Witness Unit of the Spanish and English. court’s Office of the Public Coun“She is very passionate about sel for Victims, where she will international criminal justice,” develop policy papers, conduct Barberet said of Araujo, who research and analyses of political, left to begin her internship at legal and social issues as well as the end of March. provide support, protective and Araujo was born and raised Fabiana Araujo logistical services to victims and in Brazil and relocated to the witnesses who appear before the court. United States along with her family in 2000. She “Since coming to John Jay in 2004, Fabiana plans to enter law school following her internship has pursued a sustained interest in law and at the world court. international relations,” said sociology Professor The internship is a first for a John Jay Rosemary Barberet, interim director of the new graduate, Barberet said.

Standing Up for Justice: Three Different Approaches
A panel discussion in conjunction with the 2010 Justice Awards presentation Featuring Leymah Gbowee (Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace), Peter Neufeld (The Innocence Project), Kara Hartzler (Florence, AZ, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project)

Tuesday, April 6, 3:30 PM Room 630, Haaren Hall

CAMPUS SCENES

The Law in their Future?

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. takes time to meet and chat with John Jay students during the annual Law Day @ John Jay observance on March 13. Vance would deliver the Samuel and Anna Jacobs Foundation Lecture on Law and the Legal Profession. Sponsored by the Pre-Law Institute, Law Day included presentations on preparing for and succeeding in law school, mastering the Law School Admissions Test, career paths in the law, and more.

“Angels” over John Jay

Playwright Tony Kushner (right), award-winning author of Angels Over America, took to the stage at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater on March 8 for a freewheeling conversation with Visiting Professor Michael Meeropol. The session was part of the semester-long lecture series “Justice and Injustice in 1950s America” presented by Meeropol and the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, with funding support from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Everyone’s Irish for a Day at McCabe Breakfast
The annual McCabe Fellowship Breakfast played to a packed house at John Jay on March 15, in a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration of the academic exchange program between An Garda Siochána, the Irish national police, and John Jay. The Fellowship Program was created in memory of Irish police detective Jerry McCabe, who was killed in the line of duty during an attempted robbery in June 1996. Each year, two or more members of An Garda Siochána come to John Jay for an intensive course of study toward a graduate degree. As she has in the past, Anne McCabe, the detective’s widow, attended the breakfast to bring words of greeting and encouragement. “I prefer to look forward to the future rather than dwell in the past,” she said. “I’m proud to number this Fellowship as one of the good things to come out of the tragedy of Jerry’s death.” Noting the evolution of the peace process that has all but ended decades of political violence in Ireland and Northern Ireland, McCabe told the audience that “peace and justice have been the calling of so many people in Ireland” it would be lamentable if the final steps were not taken toward that goal. McCabe’s view was echoed by the Hon. Barry Andrews, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for the Republic of Ireland. “It isn’t the work of politicians but the commitment of communities,”

College Pauses to Remember Victims of Haiti Earthquake
“I would like to ask my school to come and help my country.” With these words, John Jay alumnus Delarquy Fleuriot reminded attendees at a March 16 memorial for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti that much is needed in the aftermath of the disaster that claimed more than 200,000 lives. The tone for the somber ceremony was set by a video of scenes from the devastation, which President Jeremy Travis noted showed “damaged buildings and broken bodies, but also, more importantly, the strength and courage of the Haitian people.” Andy Rocher, president of the Haitian Students Association, said that, like many fellow students, he had suffered loss in the earthquake, with two aunts having perished. Jean Louis, a member of the Registrar’s Office who was born in Haiti and came to the United States 14 years ago, importuned the audience to not think of Haiti as “a one-time media-generated catastrophe.” Fleuriot, a 1997 graduate, closed the proceedings with his impassioned plea for help. “Through the darkness of this tragedy, we see a light, and each day it’s getting brighter,” he said. “We are a great nation, a strong nation, and one day we will rise up again.”

Irish eyes are smiling as Anne McCabe (right) enjoys a few moments with this year’s McCabe Fellows, Justin Kelly and Caroline Copeland.

he said, “that makes peace and reconciliation possible.” Other speakers included Nacie Rice, Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Siochána, and the Hon. Margaret Ritchie, Minister of the Depart-

ment of Social Change in Northern Ireland and head of the Social Democratic and Labour Party. This year’s McCabe Fellows are Gardaí Justin Kelly and Caroline Copeland, both of whom are pursuing master’s degrees in criminal justice.

FACULTY / STAFF NOTES
ON BOARD
JEFFREY BUTTS has been named Director of the Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center. Butts holds a PhD in sociology and social work from the University of Michigan. He has been director of the Program on Youth Justice at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, and senior research associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice, among other career highlights. presented a paper on “War and Truth and/or Historical Memory,” chaired a panel on “Are Democracy and Human Rights Compatible?” and was the discussant on a panel exploring “Conceptualizing and Realizing Democracy.” At the annual conference of the Southern Political Science Association, held in Atlanta, GA, in January, Pérez-Rios presented a paper on “Accountability After 9-11: International and Domestic Implications of the War on Terror.” KATHLEEN COLLINS (Library) presented her paper, “Murrow and Friendly’s ‘Small World’: The Impossible Ideal of the World’s Biggest Classroom” on March 13 at a joint meeting of the American Journalism Historians Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, History Division, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. MARIE UMEH (English) presented a paper on “(Re)Defining Masculinity: Male Involvement in Eradicating Violence Against Women and Promoting Human Rights for Women” at the annual conference of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York on March 7. MICHAEL PFEIFER (History) delivered the 2010 Rondel Davidson History Lecture at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX, on February 25. Pfeifer’s lecture was on “Texas, the Southwest, and the Origins of Lynching in the United States.” KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) spoke to men at the Forestdale Fathering Initiative in Queens on March 2. The initiative reconnects fathers with their children, helping them to understand the roles and responsibilities of fatherhood. All the clients were mandated by a judge to a 12-week job training and parenting course. Kimora’s presentation was titled “Conflict Resolution in the Face of Domestic Abuse.” Era in Inmate Reentry,” that was published in the December 2009 issue of Corrections Today.

PEER REVIEW
ANGELINE BUTLER (African American Studies) received a Freedom Flame award on March 6 From the Bridge Crossing Jubilee — Voting Rights Museum in Selma, AL. While in Selma to receive the award, Butler spoke about her acclaimed 1987 commemorative play Voices of a Sit-In. KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) has been appointed to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Education Curriculum Development Committee. MIRIAM EHRENBERG (Psychology) was recently featured in GO magazine as one of its “Women at the Helm,” in recognition of her work as Executive Director of the Institute for Human Identity, a nonprofit psychotherapy and training center in Manhattan. JANE KATZ (Health and Physical Education) conducted her annual aquatic clinic in March at the John Jay pool for New York University physical therapy students. She introduced over 30 students to the benefits of water exercise for future therapists. Katz also competed in the recent United States Masters Swimming onehour swim championship, completing 3,600 yards. She placed second in the nation in both individual and relay categories.

PRESENTING
JODIE G. ROURE (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) was the featured speaker on April 1 at the Color of Law Roundtable held at Western New England College School of Law. Roure is a 1997 alumna of the law school. M. VICTORIA PÉREZ-RIOS (Political Science) attended the annual convention of the International Studies Association, held in New Orleans, LA, from February 17 – 20, where she

BETWEEN THE COVERS
MICHAEL PFEIFER (History) has had an article accepted for publication in The Journal of American History. “The Northern U.S. and the Genesis of Racial Lynching: The Lynching of African-Americans in the Era of the Civil War” will appear in the journal’s December 2010 issue. PAUL BRENNER (Audio Visual Services) worked as a research assistant on the forthcoming book Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero. ABBY STEIN (Anthropology/Interdisciplinary Studies) has published a chapter, “Shooting in the Spaces: Violent Crime as Dissociated Enactment” in the book Knowing, Not Knowing, and Sort of Knowing: Psychoanalysis and the Experience of Uncertainty (Karnac, 2010). JEREMY TRAVIS (President), ANNA CRAYTON and DEBBIE MUKAMAL (Prisoner Reentry Institute) have coauthored an article, “A New

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