Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Renowned Journalist Scott Christianson Discusses Capital Punishment
Friday, 28 September 2012 10:05

Christianson lectureOn Thursday October 4, Dr. Scott Christianson will deliver the 14th annual Henry Schwarzschild Memorial Lecture at Manhattanville College. The lecture, cosponsored by the New York Civil Liberties Union's Lower Hudson Valley Chapter and the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, will feature a discussion and critique of capital punishment and the criminal justice system.

"This is the 14th year of celebrating a remarkable man, Henry Schwarzschild, who devoted his life to ending death penalty," Connie Hogarth, founder and mentor to the Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, said. "This year, like in the past years, we expect to have a wonderful and rewarding lecture and we hope many students, as well as people from the community will participate."

The lecture starts at 7 p.m. in Reid Hall, It is free and open to the public. Copies of Christianson's books will be available for sale at the event.

Henry Schwarzschild was an activist for civil rights and human rights. He was a fighter for the American Civil Rights Movement and later on became involved in the fight against capital punishment.

Christianson, a renowned investigative reporter, independent scholar, author, curator, filmmaker, teacher and activist, who has worked on the death penalty and other prison issues for forty years, will share his extensive knowledge of capital punishment and criminal justice during the discussion.

His books include Condemned: Inside the Sing, Sing Death House, which exposed the inner workings of Sing Sing Correction Facility - the state prison in Ossining that housed the electric chair. He has written books examining the history of imprisonment in the United States, wrongful convictions and forensic science. His work has been published in numerous outlets, including The Nation, the Village Voice, the New York Times and Washington Post.

Christianson's work inspired acclaimed stage performer Goldee Greene's new musical drama, "Sugarwoman," about Helen Fowler, executed at Sing Sing in 1944. Ms. Greene will perform an excerpt from the play as part of the program.

Christianson has devoted his life to the study of the criminal justice system, prisons and capital punishment. He directed numerous research projects, as well as held prominent positions in the state's justice system, including director of prison investigations. Dr. Christianson has also taught at several universities, including the University at Albany, Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Empire State College and Bard College.