March 2017




Bowing Out: Provost Bowers Announces Retirement Jane Bowers, John Jay's Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced March 15 that she will step down from the dual executive posts and retire, effective August 1. Bowers has been the Provost since July 2007, in that time presiding over a dramatic expansion and transformation of curricular offerings and academic support services.  Read More 

CNN's Van Jones Hailed as 2017 Justice Trailblazer Van Jones, the CNN commentator who was a familiar on-air presence during last year's presidential campaign and election, was honored Feb. 16 as the 2017 Justice Trailblazer by John Jay's Center on Media, Crime and Justice.   Read More


John Jay Salutes Its "Champions
of Justice" More than 125 scholarship recipients and their benefactors were saluted on Feb. 23 at the annual Champions of Justice reception in John Jay's Moot Court. Read More  

Under the Gun Gun violence in America, seemingly a daily headline in the news media, is the focus of a probing, semester-long examination at John Jay that seeks to shed light on "America's Gun Epidemic: A Question of Public Health, Security, and Freedom."    Read More 


The Drama of Sexual Violence Sexual violence remains among the most sensitive, hot-button societal issues, yet all too often, the word "rape" is still uttered only in whispered tones, much as words such as "cancer" and "polio" were spoken in decades past. One team-taught course in John Jay's Interdisciplinary Studies Program is hoping to change the nature of the discussion and bring the topic out of the shadows, spearheaded by an evening of student-led theater called "Seeing Rape."  Read More

Professor Alisse Waterston Appointed Presidential Scholar Anthropology Professor Alisse Waterston has been appointed as a Presidential Scholar, effective spring 2017, in recognition of her accomplishments and standing as one of the country's leading scholars in her field.  Read More


Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice Announces Six Core Cities 

February 16,  2017, New York, NY - The Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the six sites- Los Angeles, CA , Toledo, OH, Durham, NC, Seattle, WA, Prince George's County, MD and St. Louis, MO - selected to join New York City as part of the Network.   Read More


Faculty and Staff Notes



Ann A. Huse (English) gave a presentation at the Society of Early Americanists Biennial Conference in Tulsa, Okla., on March 4. Her paper, "Memory, Manuscript, Print: Local Knowledge in Three Versions of Lucy Terry Prince's `Bars Fight,'" treated the first known work of African-American literature.


The Printed Page

Jose Luis Morín's (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) latest book, Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia, has been chosen by Library Journal as one its "Best Reference Titles of 2016." The journal hailed the work as "an authoritative, compelling, and informative encyclopedia that dispels many inconsistences, misperceptions, and myths about Latinas/Latinos (Latinx) and American criminal justice."

Sara McDougall's (History) commentary "Bastards and thrones in medieval Europe" was posted on March 5 on OUPblog, a site sponsored by Oxford University Press.


Effie Papatzikou Cochran (English) has been awarded a Niarchos Greek Diaspora Fellowship to travel to Greece and work with the American College of Thessaloniki's English Programs. Cochran will be teaching Sector Analysis (also known as "X-Word Grammar"), an editing tool of the English written language, training tutors and teachers of English as a Foreign Language and offering practical ways of writing error-free sentences in English.

Susan Opotow and Jayne Mooney (Sociology) are serving as team members for Justice in Design,a project organized by Van Alen Institute and The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform. The project is researching how jails impact the health and wellness of the people inside them and the communities in which they are located.





March 31 - April 1, 9:30 AM

7th Annual Hip Hop Literacies Conference

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Various campus locations.


April 5, 1:40 PM

#JusticeNerds Speaker Series - Spring 2017
"Safety and Justice Without Prison: A Survivor-Centered Approach to Ending Mass Incarceration"

Guest Speaker: Danielle Sered, Director, Common Justice Project, Vera Institute of Justice

Presented by the Center for Policing Equity

Room 630, Haaren Hall


April 5, 3:00 PM

African-American Men and the Labor Market during the Great Recession

Speaker: Michelle Holder, Assistant Professor, John Jay Department of Economics

Presented by the Office for Advancement of Research

Room L.61, New Building

April 13-15, 12:00 N

3rd Biennial Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference

"Latinx Lives, Matters & Imaginaries"

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Various campus locations.


April 19,  9:00 AM

Criminalizing Gender: Best Practices, Programs and Policies that Make a Difference

Part 2 of the Pinkerton Symposium

Presented by the Prisoner Reentry Institute

Keynote Speaker: Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, National Crittenton Foundation

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Student Dining Hall, 2nd Floor, New Building


April 20, 3:00 PM

Book Talk: Listening to Jazz

Benjamin Bierman, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Music

Presented by the Office for Advancement of Research

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building

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