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Town Hall Meeting on Race and Policing

Justice Sciences and the African American Studies Program are co-sponsoring a town hall style meeting "Race, Crime, and Policing: Beyond the 21st Century" on Wednesday, October 8th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in the Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South.  Panelists will include: Anthony Purcell, Chief of the UAB Police Department; Ms. Sunny Slaughter, Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Hyeyoung Lim, Department of Justice Sciences; Dr. Kay Morgan, Department of Justice Sciences and African American Studies; and Dr. John Sloan, Department of Justice Sciences. The panel will be moderated by Ms. Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News

The event is a lead-in to the inagural lecture of the Social Justice Lecture Series that will feature Ms. Dawn Porter who produced and directed Gideon's Army.  Ms. Porter will be on campus to screen the film and discuss its production on Wednesday, October 15th, beginning at 6:00 pm at the UAB National Alumni House, 1301 10th Ave. South. 

Both events have free admission and are open to the public.

Social Justice Lecture Series Launched

The UAB Social Justice Lecture Series will host its inaugural lecture with attorney and documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter who will be talking about the making of her film Gideon's Army – an up-close and personal look at three young public defenders in the Deep South struggling against long hours, low pay, and staggering caseloads to challenge the basic assumptions driving the criminal justice system. The film, which premiered on HBO this past summer, was an official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival where it won the prize for "best editing."

A lawyer turned filmmaker, Dawn Porter won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for Gideon's Army while Realscreen named her one of their 2012 Doc Hot Shots 15 emerging directors to watch. Ms. Porter also works in narrative features as executive producer on Serious Moonlight, written by Adrienne Shelley and starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures and domestically on Lifetime Movie Network. She is also an executive producer on The Green, an independent feature premiering on Showtime Networks and starring Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) and Emmy®-winning actress Julia Ormond.

Screening of the documentary will begin at 6:00 PM followed by Ms. Porter's lecture at 7:00 PM. The on-campus location for the event is the UAB National Alumni House, located at 1301 10th Avenue South.

As a prelude to the inaugural lecture, the Social Justice Lecture Series will host a Town Hall Meeting on "Race, Crime and Policing: Looking Beyond the 21st Century." The panel discussion will feature Dr. John Sloan, Chair of the Department of Justice Sciences, Dr. Hyeyoung Lim, Assistant Professor of Justice Sciences, Chief Anthony Purcell, UAB Chief of Police, Ms. Sunny Slaughter, Consultant and Instructor for the Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Associate Professor of Justice Sciences and Director of the African American Studies Program. The panel will be moderated by Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News. The event will be held October 8, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Hulsey Recital Hall located at 950 13th Street South, Birmingham AL 35205.

The Social Justice Lecture Series is an initiative jointly sponsored by the African American Studies Program, the Department of Justice Sciences, and the College of Arts & Sciences. The goals of the series include: (1) introducing a variety of social justice topics to the University and Birmingham communities; (2) focusing attention on these topics; and (3) challenging common assumptions about social justice, while fostering critical thinking of social justice issues. Twice yearly, the UAB Social Justice Speakers' Series will bring to the UAB campus extraordinary men and women who have risked everything in their single-minded pursuit of social justice. While very different in backgrounds, these people all responded to the same call and committed themselves to fight for social justice. Join us as these men and women share their stories of tragedy and triumph in the fight for social justice. In the fall, the focus will be social justice on a global scale, while in the spring the focus will be social justice at the local level – in the State of Alabama and metro Birmingham.

For more information regarding these events, please call (205) 934-2069.

Sloan Reseives NSF Grant for Ethics Conference

Justice Sciences' Chair Dr. John Sloan has received a $24K grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Social and Economic Sciences (SES) Directorate to support a conference on ethics and digital forensics next May at NSF headquarters in Bethesda, MD. Submitted on behalf of the Alabama Cyber Research Consortium (ALCRC), comprised of the 7 doctoral granting post-secondary institutions in Alabama, Sloan and colleagues at the University of Alabama, Drs. Mark Lanier and Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, will organize all aspects of the conference. Details on the conference will be forthcoming early next year.

Sloan Named Center Director

Justice Sciences' Chair, Dr. John Sloan, has been named Director of the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research ("the Center").  The appointment, announced by Dr. Robert Palazzo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is effective July 1st.  Dr. Sloan co-founded the Center in 2012-2013 with Dr. Antony Skjellum, former Chair of the UAB Department of Computer and Information Sciences.  The Center developed from collaborations between faculty members in Justice Sciences and Computer and Information Sciences which then expanded into a research center with over 40 faculty affiliates from departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, Collat School of Business, the School of Engineering, and the School of Health Professions.  The Center's research foci include computer crime and digital forensics, forensic science, intelligence analytics, information assurance, health informatics, geo-spatial imaging, and workforce development.

CJSO "Back-2-School" BBQ

The Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO) is hosting a "Back-2-School" BBQ on Monday, September 8th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the UAB Mini Park.  Free sandwiches and fixins' from Dreamland BBQ! CJSO memberships and t-shirts will be available ($15 -- cash only, please).  Justice Sciences faculty will be there as well.  Stop by for a visit!

CJSO Fall 2014