Annual Visions & Ventures Symposium to Explore America's Criminal Justice System

"Hard Time in Hard Times: Weighing the Social & Economic Impacts of America's Criminal Justice System" is the theme for Visions & Ventures XIII, scheduled for September 25-26.

Speakers will include an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a policy analyst with The Innocence Project, an exoneree who was arrested as a college student and convicted of a series of sexual assaults though he never convicted a crime; a NWU alumnus who now serves as the chief psychologist for the California Department of State Hospitals, and a Florida Atlantic University professor who specializes in restorative justice.
Activities begin on Tuesday, September 24 with the screening of the documentary, "The House I Live In." The first Visions & Ventures lecture kicks off on the evening of Wednesday, September 25. Classes are canceled for Thursday, September 26 to allow students, faculty and staff the opportunity to attend the day's lectures.
The following is a complete schedule of events for this year's Visions and Ventures Symposium.
All events held in O’Donnell Auditorium

Tuesday, September 24

  • 7 p.m., Documentary Screening: “The House I Live In,” directed by Eugene Jarecki

Wednesday, September 25

  • 7 p.m., “The House I Live In,” Eugene Jarecki, Award-winning documentary filmmaker

Thursday, September 26

  • 10 a.m., “Eyewitness Misidentification: A Case Study & Call for Reform, Daniella Henry, policy analyst, The Innocence Project; Brandon Moon, exoneree, criminal justice reform advocate
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Yoga. Professor Karla Jensen and students in her liberal arts seminar, The Liberal Arts of Yoga, will lead a yoga session on the west side of Olin Hall.
  • 1:30 p.m., “The History & Systems of Custodialism in California,” Mark Grabau (‘85), chief psychologist, CONREP Operations, California Department of State Hospitals
  • 3-4 p.m., Campus dialogues. Students, faculty and staff interested in participating are to register by Tuesday, September 24. Room assignments will be announced on Wednesday, September 25.
  • 7 p.m., “A Balm for Hard Times? Social, Political & Economic Considerations of Restorative Justice,” Mara Schiff, associate professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University; president, PeaceWorks Consulting

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Eugene Jarecki, award-winning filmmaker
Daniella Henry, policy analyst, The Innocence Project
Brandon Moon, exoneree
Mark Grabau ('85), chief psychologist, California Dept. of State Hospitals
Mara Schiff, Florida Atlantic University