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Morgan Fellows Host Symposium: Restorative Justice

On Friday, February 19, 2010, Antioch College’s Morgan Fellows will host the third in a series of symposia focusing on issues in higher education and society. The topic of this event will be Restorative Justice. It will take place in the Herndon Gallery in South Hall at Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, Ohio, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

A day-long training workshop will take place for all who are interested the following day, Saturday, February 20. It is open to those interested in training in the area. Space is limited to 40 participants, and there is a $40 fee that includes lunch. For additional information on the training, contact Beverly Rodgers, Morgan Fellow at brodgers@antiochcollege.org.

The concept of Restorative Justice is a new and cutting-edge approach to issues of retributive justice in the American criminal justice system. It is based on the belief that maintaining peace and security in a given community is a responsibility shared by all its members. Rooted in indigenous traditions, Restorative Justice is an alternative way of thinking about how to respond to harm and wrongdoings. Its goal is to re-establish bonds of trust and connectivity which have been disrupted by injurious acts, and to provide all parties involved with a sense of fairness and completeness. The practices of Restorative Justice are considered by many criminologists, social workers, and experts in the psychology of trauma as one of the most promising and effective tools available for resolving conflict and maintaining peace, while reducing high incarceration and offender recidivism rates.

Panelists:

Kay Pranis is an internationally known leader in the field of Restorative Justice and the author of two books: The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking and Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community. The Restorative Justice programmer for the Minnesota Department of Corrections for nine years, Pranis has conducted peace circle trainings in a diverse range of communities, including schools, prisons, churches, rural farm towns and Chicago’s South Side. She has presented papers on Restorative Justice and its methods in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan.

Sheri Kramer is an attorney and mediator, and serves as the Board President of the organization Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, where she facilitates RJ partnership initiatives in the San Francisco community. A graduate of Antioch College, Kramer earned an MA in teaching from The School for International Teaching, and a JD from The New School College of Law.

Dante Green was one of the first participants in the Restorative Justice for Oakland’s Youth program. After years of truancy and petty thefts, Dante completed the program successfully, and went on to earn a 3.75 grade point average at Berkeley City College. He currently plans to earn a degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

About the Arthur E. Morgan Fellows

Named in honor of Arthur E. Morgan, Antioch College President from 1920-1936, the Fellows are facilitating and coordinating a yearlong outreach program to alumni and friends of the College nationwide as the College develops both its program and curriculum. They will also present symposia on a wide variety of topics on the historic campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The current Morgan Fellows include Anne Bohlen M.A.; Jean Gregorek, Ph.D.; Beverly Rodgers, Ph.D.; Scott Warren, Ph.D.; and Director of Work Susan Eklund-Leen, Ph.D.

About Antioch College

Antioch College is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences located in the Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Founded in 1852, with Horace Mann as its first president it counts among its accomplished alumni Nobel Prize recipients and numerous MacArthur “Genius” Prize awardees. The College has a historic legacy at the vanguard of progressive education through its work-study-community governance curriculum and was among the first colleges in the United States to offer equal educational opportunity to African Americans and women. Antioch College is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. On Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 the keys to Antioch College were transferred from Antioch University to the Antioch College Corporation. That action marked the college’s return, after 30 years as part of a university system, to being an independent liberal arts college. Thanks to the unprecedented support of its alumni, and under its direction, a target date for welcoming students back to campus has been set for the fall, 2011. For more information about the College please visit www.antiochcollege.org.