Monthly Archives: March 2013

Lecture by Richard Lippke: “Chronic Temptation, Self-Control, and Criminal Law”

Richard Lippke, Senior Scholar in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois Bloomington, will be speaking on “Chronic Temptation, Self-Control, and Criminal Law” in the Vanderbilt Philosophy Department colloquium series this Friday, March 22, from 3:10-5pm in Furman Hall 109.  … Continue reading

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Video of Michelle Alexander’s MLK Day Lecture at Vanderbilt

If you missed Michelle Alexander’s lecture at Vanderbilt on MLK Day, or if you would like to watch it again, check out this video of the event.  

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Is Solitary Confinement a Living Death Penalty? – Lecture on March 18

In recent years, several states have abolished the death penalty, and other states seem to be moving in the direction of abolition.  Sentences of life without parole are now common replacements for death sentences, and long-term solitary confinement is an … Continue reading

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Book Launch – Maroon the Implacable, April 8 at Vanderbilt University

Russell Maroon Shoatz is a political prisoner who has been held unjustly for over thirty years, including two decades in solitary confinement. He was active as a leader in the Black Liberation Movement in Philadelphia, both above and underground. His … Continue reading

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Cover-Up of Increasing Violence in Tennessee Prisons?

A recent press release from the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), violent assaults are still on the rise in Tennessee prisons – but they are no longer being reported in the same way or to the same degree: According to … Continue reading

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Vanderbilt PhD Sarah Tyson on Philosophy, Violence, and Prisons

Tyson was studying women and the history of philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville when she took a class about philosophy on death row, where she read and discussed philosophy with the prison’s condemned. Just being able to walk out … Continue reading

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