March 2016




Outstanding Leaders Celebrated at 2016 Justice Awards Ceremony  

The 2016 John Jay Justice Awards ceremony held on March 3 was a celebration of five individuals who have shown themselves to be "true champions of justice," and the honorees who were cited for outstanding leadership in the pursuit of justice were lauded with repeated ovations from a packed house in the College's Gerald W. Lynch Theater.  Read More 

College Salutes 'Champions of Justice'       

"We are pinning our hopes on you for our city, our country, and our future."

With these words, President Jeremy Travis on Feb. 23 saluted scores of undergraduate and graduate students who have been the recipients of funded scholarships and fellowships over the past year, along with the donors whose generosity helps support the students' achievement.

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New Courses & Old Favorites on Tap for Summer Session '16      

Got plans for the summer? Why not explore the hot topics and cool courses at John Jay College of Criminal Justice?

John Jay College is once again offering students the chance to accelerate their education, catch up on needed credits, and explore innovative courses in a compact, user-friendly format. Summer courses begin May 31, and are being offered in three-week, five-week and eight-week sessions. Read More  

Professor Dreisinger Captures a World of Incarceration in New Book      

Associate Professor Baz Dreisinger is among the John Jay faculty members whose academic work goes far beyond the classroom. In addition to her post in the English department, Dreisinger is an author, critic, radio producer, documentarian and the founder and academic director of John Jay's celebrated Prison-to-College Pipeline program. Read More


Reporting on Parole, Sex Crimes Tops 2016 Journalism Awards

John Jay College's Center on Media, Crime and Justice presented its annual Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting four investigative journalists whose work exposed the workings of parole boards nationwide and one state's erratic prosecution of sex crimes.   Read More   
Click here to view the event photo gallery. 


President Travis (r.) is joined by CMCJ director Stephen Handelman, M.C. Bob Herbert, and award winners George Pawalzayk and Beth Hundsdorfer. 


Faculty and Staff Notes



Joseph Giacalone (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) is host of a new radio show, "Crime Talk," that airs on Suffolk County's WRCN (103.9 FM) every Saturday at 5:30 P.M. Giacalone, a highly decorated former New York City police sergeant, began the new program on March 12 with guest Dr. Michael Baden, forensic pathologist and former New York City Chief Medical Examiner.

Johanna Whitton (Theater & Event Support Services) was a discussant at a Feb. 28 symposium co-sponsored by the CUNY Dance Initiative and Dance/NYC. Whitton, Managing Director of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, participated in a workshop and discussion on "Building New and Non-Traditional Dance Audiences."

Baz Dreisinger (English) was a guest on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on March 10 to discuss "What Would a Humane Jail Look Like?" Dreisinger's latest book is Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (Other Press, 2016). 


The Printed Page 

Katie Gentile (Interdisciplinary Studies) has had her latest book, The Business of Being Made: The Temporalities of Reproductive Technologies, in Psychoanalysis and Culture, published by Routledge. She is also a contributor to the blog Public Seminar, which included her recent commentary "Patriarchy Alive and Well: CDC Releases New Guidelines for Alcohol & Pregnancy."   

David Shapiro (Public Management), Deputy Director of the Advanced Certificate Program in Forensic Accounting, has had his op-ed, "Why Apple hack is a bad idea," published by CNBC. In the commentary, Shapiro examines Apple's opposition to a recent federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in the Dec. 2, 2015, shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., in which 22 people were killed. Adam Wandt (Public Management) also discussed the FBI's iPhone hack order on NPR's All Tech Considered. 



Jane Katz (Health and Physical Education) has been named recipient of the 2016 Judge G. Harold Martin Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The award recognizes "long and exceptional leadership, insight and dedication to the water safety of children and the cause of making Every Child A Swimmer."

Silvia Mazzula (Psychology) is co-Principal Investigator on a one-year, $460,000 grant to document "Contextual and Ethnic Diversity Factors in Children's Responses to 9/11." The grant is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.




March 29, 4:15 PM

Book Talk: One Righteous Man - Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York.

Arthur Browne, editorial page editor, New York Daily News.

(Part of the "Bridging the Divide: Re-imagining Police-Community Relations" series.)

Presented by the Office for Advancement of Research.

Moot Court, Room 6.68 NB


March 30, 1:45 PM

Staged Reading: "Mary and Eleanor."

By Laurence Holder

A Women's Herstory Month event, presented by the Department of Human Resources.

Lecture Hall, Room L.63 NB


March 31, 1:00 PM

Spring 2016 Job & Internship Fair.

Presented by the Office of Career Development Services.

Professional attire required.

Gymnasium, Haaren Hall


April 5, 11:00 AM

Public Safety Day - Raising Awareness

Presented by the Office of Public Safety

Room L.61 NB


April 6, 1:30 PM

Youth and Policing Panel: Educating for Justice.

A discussion with John Jay students and Dr. Lenora Fulani.

(Part of the "Bridging the Divide: Re-imagining Police-Community Relations" series.)

Moot Court, Room 6.68 NB

April 6, 1:40 PM

Sociology Talks: America the Punitive? On the Social Roots of Mass Incarceration and the New Jim Crow.

David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, NYU.

Student Dining Hall East, NB


April 8, 1:00 PM

Panel Discussion & Reception: Powers, Duties & Career Opportunities with the Office of the State Attorney General.

Sponsored by the Pre Law Institute and the Department of External Affairs.

Moot Court, Room 6.68 NB


April 12,-14 All day

EcoCinema Café Film Festival: A Marathon of Award-Winning Films.

Click here for more information and schedule.

Student Dining Hall, NB


April 14-19, Times vary

Twilight: Los Angeles 1992.

A play by Anna Deavere Smith, directed by Lorraine Moller.

Tickets available in the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts, Room 3144 N, weekdays 10 AM - 4 PM.

Black Box Theater, NB









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