April 2018 




Professor Nathan H. Lents' upcoming book Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) will be published on May 1st. He recently authored an essay that appeared in the Wall Street Journal as well as another in The Guardian.

Professor Isabel Martinez and three students led a workshop on immigrant rights at Teachers College, Columbia University, for the American Educational Research Association (AERA)'s 2018 Annual Meeting in April. AERA, a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

Professor Eric Piza

gave the keynote address at the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention's annual conference.

The Council falls within the office of Sweden's Minister of Justice, and is tasked with contributing to the country's understanding of criminal justice policy issues through conducting and funding original research.

Norman Groner

just received a Best Paper Award at the IRSPM Annual Conference 2018, an International Emergency Management Conference in Edinborough Scotland.







April 30-May 4, 2018

Multiple times

Research Creativity Week 2018 - This year, from April 30 to May 4, the John Jay campus will once again be teeming with over 340 undergraduate and 20 graduate students, proudly presenting their research to their peers, faculty, family, and friends.

May 2, 2018

4:00 PM

Student Dining Hall

PRISM Symposium Awards - A celebration of our PRISM Undergraduate Researchers at John Jay. Research presentations by our Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher, Lisset A. Duran and our keynote speaker, John Jay and PRISM alumni, Zuleyma Peralta, Ph.D.

May 2, 2018

1:40 PM;

L61 NB
HSI Speaker Series: Stella Flores - President Karol Mason is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 series of speakers, seminars and conversations to embrace, explore, and promote our identity as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

May 2, 2018

5:30 PM

Shiva Gallery

Transplants: Greek Diaspora Artists - Opening reception. Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos and on display through June 28

May 4-5, 2018

Multiple Times

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Mannes School of Music presents Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress - Follow the decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, who deserts Anne Trulove for the delights of London in the company of Nick Shadow, who turns out to be the Devil.

May 9, 2018

7:00 PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Sexual Justice Now! Seeing Rape - Original short plays about sexual violence written by John Jay students. Conversation with actors and playwrights immediately following. This event is part of the Sexual Justice Now! Series.

May 21, 2018

7:30 PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Karen Mason - Vocalist Karen Mason has starred on stage and television, and in recordings. On Broadway, she dazzled audiences in Wonderland, originated the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia!, and earned ovations for her performance as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.

May 26, 2018

1:00 PM

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Art of Stepping presents the World
Of Step Competition - This jam-packed performance is for all those in attendance to experience step dancing in a whole new way. Join in on artistic and step performances, meet greet with celebrity judges and so much more! Art of Stepping designed this exclusive and one-of-a-kind competition to further assist the cultivation of step!


For a complete listing of events, click here to visit the calendar    

Champion of Women's Rights
Rashida Manjoo and Pioneering Criminologist Ronald V. Clarke to Receive Honorary Degrees
from John Jay College

New York, NY, April 11, 2018 - John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced that honorary degrees will be presented to Rashida Manjoo, Professor of Public Law at University of Cape Town, South Africa and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, and Ronald V. Clarke, University Professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice  and theoretical innovator of situational crime prevention. Read more



John Jay College Researchers
Develop First of its Kind
School Shootings Database

March 20, 2018, New York, NY - Researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice are creating a first of its kind national, open-source database to track shootings on K-12 school grounds and sharpen the public's understanding of these tragedies. In partnership with University of Texas at Dallas and Michigan State University, the project is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative - a research-focused initiative that seeks to develop knowledge about the root causes of school violence and to foster and evaluate strategies for increasing school safety. Read more



Grad Student Jennifer Holst ('18) Is Motivated to Make the Internet Safer

Studying the brain might not be what comes to mind when you think of cyber security, but Jennifer Holst did just that for her graduate level thesis. As part of her Digital Forensics and Cyber Security master's program, she looked at raw EEG data to take what we know about the characteristics of internet traffic and apply it to the human mind. Holst graduates this year with her M.S., but because of her academic success, she's already teaching as an adjunct professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department. Read more



Deborah Koetzle, Associate Professor, Receives City & State New York
Above & Beyond Award

Deborah Koetzle, Ph.D., Associate Professor and the Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice, was in El Salvador working to help improve severe prison overcrowding, when she received an unexpected email from City & State New York, a media organization dedicated to covering local politics and policy. The email said that she would be one of their 30 Above & Beyond Award Honorees, recognizing extraordinary women in education, health, labor, law/lobbying, government and real estate. "I was shocked," says Koetzle. "There are so many people here at John Jay, and elsewhere, doing such amazing work. And when you're in the weeds, I think we sometimes forget that what we're doing actually makes a difference. It was a huge validation that the work I'm doing really matters." Read more



Torey McNeil ('17) Creates
a Scholarship for Students
with Full-Time Jobs

When Torey McNeil graduated last year, the president asked how many students worked either a part-time or full-time jobs. "The entire audience stood up," says McNeil. "That's who we are at John Jay, we're working jobs and we're driven. With that drive we lead our own way to success." 

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McNair Scholars Program
Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

It's been 25 years since the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program was first launched at John Jay College, and to celebrate the program's outstanding track record of getting students accepted to Ph.D. programs, a series of events were scheduled through the spring semester. Read more



John Jay Students and Faculty Hosted Events for the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

John Jay is known as a leader in preparing students for careers in international relations, and this March, following a years-long tradition, students and faculty members participated in the 62nd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW). The annual two-week series is devoted to exploring issues that impact women across the globe and finding solutions to gender inequity. Read more  



Career & Internship Fair Gives Students Invaluable Networking Opportunities

On March 15, over 900 John Jay students took full advantage of the Career & Internship Fair produced by the Center for Career & Professional Development. "Each semester, the Career Center works hard to bring in a diverse group of employers to help students think about future career opportunities," says the Career Center's Senior Director, Will Simpkins. "It is clear that local and national employers place John Jay College at the top of their list of recruitment sites, and they routinely tell us that our students are the most prepared, most curious, and most driven." Walking through the event, it was impossible not to notice the infectious enthusiasm the students had with the 101 employers in attendance. Read more



John Jay Hosts First-Ever Conference on Women in Law Enforcement

On March 23, during Women's History Month, John Jay hosted the first-ever Symposium on Women in Law Enforcement, sponsored by the John Jay College Department of Public Safety and the FBI-New York Office, and with generous support from Siemens Corporation. The daylong conference featured presentations from invited guests and John Jay faculty members on current topics in the field, including cybersecurity, community policing, and the opioid crisis. In attendance were alumni and students, as well as women employed in law enforcement, some of whom traveled from out of state to network and receive professional development on navigating the largely male-dominated field. Read More 



27th Lloyd George Sealy Lecture

On March 13, 2018, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives(NOBLE) and the Department of Africana Studies, in partnership with the Lloyd George Sealy Library, presented the 27th Annual Lloyd George Sealy Lecture. The lecture, titled "Moving Toward Community Justice in the 21st Century" was delivered by Kenton Buckner, Chief of Police of the Little Rock Department in Arkansas.



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