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“The grandfather of restorative justice,” Dr. Howard Zehr will visit UNCG Oct. 30 for two events

Portrait of Dr. Howard ZehrWidely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Dr. Howard Zehr will visit UNCG’s campus later this month to discuss restorative justice, an approach that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the state. It engages with victims, offenders, and the community to foster dialogue, repair the harm, and ensure accountability.

His talks are a part of UNCG’s Department in Peace and Conflict Studies Speaker Series.

Zehr has worked to make the needs of victims and respect for the dignity of all peoples central to the practice of restorative justice. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states. As a photographer, he has worked with family members of the incarcerated and incorporated the arts into restorative justice theory and practice.

His two talks:
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Interdisciplinary and Community-Based Approaches to Restorative Justice*
Edward’s Lounge (in Stone Building)
*Open to UNCG faculty, administrators, and staff
RSVP to Janeen Chastain to jkchast2@uncg.edu by Oct. 23

Reflection questions: What are the cross-disciplinary links of RJ as theory and practice? How does RJ balance a victim-centered approach with the needs of all stakeholders? How has photography/the arts influenced your work and thinking? What are some of the best practices and barriers of integrating RJ into local, state and national legislation? What role might restorative justice play in developing partnerships for service-learning curriculum or community-engaged scholarship more generally?

The Growing Edges of Restorative Justice
6 p.m.
Stone Building 186
This event is open to public; all are welcome

Reflection questions: Where do you think the field and pursuit of RJ is headed in the next 5-10 years? In what specific ways does the use of art, music, and other creative outlets facilitate or contribute to RJ processes? What are some of the limitations of these approaches?

The talks are co-sponsored with the:

  • Office of Research and Economic Development
  • Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE)
  • Innovations in Interpersonal Violence Prevention Research Group (IIVPRG)

For more information, visit: http://hhs.uncg.edu/wordpress/cps/