Guest Lecturer Aseltine will discuss race and the criminal justice syste


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Society and its institutions (re)produce representations and practices that often take race, age, class, and gender as markers of expected behavior, including the propensity for criminality. The Adams State University Common Reading Experience Committee will host guest lecturer Dr. Elyshia Aseltine "The Enduring Significance of Race in the US Criminal Justice System," at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in McDaniel Hall room 101. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk will examine shifting historical and contemporary representations of race and criminality and their influence on social control in the United States.

Aseltine, assistant professor of sociology, teaches at Towson University in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. She graduated with her PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research focus on crime/law/deviance, criminal justice, and race/ethnicity in the US and Africa.

Adams State History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Spanish Department co-sponsored the event.

The event is in conjunction with the Adams State 2014-2015 common reading selection, "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates."

About the Common Reading Experience

Each year, the University and the broader San Luis Valley community read a common book early in the fall semester and then participate in a broad range of discussions, lectures, essays, contests, and artistic endeavors. The Common Reading Experience Program engages the entire campus and community in a shared intellectual experience through year-long programming.

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