Guest Speakers

Past Speakers & Workshops

Elijah Anderson on Inner-City Violence

Elijah Anderson,William K. Lanman, Jr., Professor of Sociology at Yale University , presented a lecture titled "Violence and the Inner-City Poor." He described his recent work on the lives of Philadelphia cabbies, the problem of work reentry among ex-convicts, and race relations in cosmopolitan social settings.

What Works in Corrections

Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D., a professor of criminal justice at the University of Cinncinatti, presented a day-long workshop at Marywood. It focused on practical ways of reducing recidivism among offenders. Participants learned about the principles of effective intervention.

Street Gang Strategy

Marcus Felson, a professor at Rutgers, presented a four-hour workshop on juvenile street gangs. Professor Felson is a leader in the field of crime theory and prevention. His workshop dispelled many of the common misconceptions about juvenile gangs.

Legacies of Crime

Peggy C. Giordano, distinguished professor of sociology at Bowling Green State University, spoke about the lasting impact of parent's criminal behavior on their children's lives last November.

The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino by Matt Birkbeck

Matt Birkbeck, author of “The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino,” was on Marywood campus Monday, April 14th at 6pm to discuss organized crime in Northeastern, PA. read more...

Sexual Violence

Roy Hazelwood, Senior Vice President of AGI, presented a day-long workshop on sexual crime, paraphilias, and sexual sadism. It featured a panel including: Anna Faramelli (Women's Resource Center), Andy Jarbola (Lackawanna County District Attorney), and Jennifer McCarthy (NY Forensic Mental Health).

Bad Choices & Hard Realities

Marywood's Criminal Justice Club sponsored a program featuring inmates from the Schuylkill Federal Prison Camp. The inmates described their careers in white collar crime and their lives in prison. Each acknowledged they had made very bad choices.

Inside Out: Views of the American Prison

Jennifer Wynn, author of Inside Rikers, and Gene Guerrero, Sr. Policy Analyst with the Open Society Policy Center, were featured in a workshop that examined the use of incarceration in America. Guerrero addressed the rise in incarcerations in the U.S. Wynn described the rich tradition of literature written by Americans who have been incarcerated.