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Philosophy & Religion | McDowell Conference 2011

20th Annual McDowell Conference
Fall 2011 Program


Friday, October 28, 2011
Butler Boardroom
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm



1:00–3:30 p.m. SESSION I:

Welcoming Remarks
Neil Kerwin
, President, American University

"Globalization and the New World Order: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Deported"
Nancy Wonders
, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northern Arizona University

"Ideology and Agnotology: Culturally Constructed Ignorance, Corporate Media and the Mystification of Corporate Crime"
Paul Leighton
, Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, Eastern Michigan University

"Poverty, Families and Educational Opportunity"
Howard McGary
, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick

3:30–4:00 p.m. REFRESHMENTS

4:00–6:00 p.m. SESSION II:

"Reiman on Crime and Typical Crime"
John Kleinig
, Professor of Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY; and the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Australia

"De/Reconstructing Reiman: On Ideology, Class and Criminal Justice in the Ultramodern Age"
Bruce Arrigo
, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

"Criminal Justice and Justice"
Jeffrey Reiman
, William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy, American University



Bruce Arrigo is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He received his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in the Administration of Justice. His scholarship explores the normative, theoretical, clinical and policy dimensions of various human justice and social welfare issues relevant to an understanding of law, mental health and society; theory, culture and society; and deviance, violence and society. Author of more than 150 articles, law reviews, book chapters, and scholarly essays, his recent books include The Ethics of Total Confinement: A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2011); Revolution in Penology: Rethinking the Society of Captives (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009); Philosophy, Crime, and Criminology (University of Illinois Press, 2006); and The Terrorist Identity (NYU Press, 2006). He serves on the editorial or advisory boards of several (inter)national periodicals and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Criminologist of the Year Award in 2000. Dr. Arrigo began his professional career as a community organizer for and social activist on behalf of the homeless and marginally housed, users of (mental) health services, adult and juvenile ex-offenders, survivors of sexual assault, and abusers of licit/illicit drugs.   

John Kleinig is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and in the PhD Programs in Philosophy and Criminal Justice, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York. He is also Strategic Research Professor at Charles Sturt University and Professorial Fellow and Program Manager in Criminal Justice Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Australia. Dr. Kleinig's early and continuing interests have been in moral and social philosophy, though he has also done extensive work in philosophy of education, bioethics and, more recently, criminal justice ethics. He is the author or editor of 16 books, and is currently completing three books: Patriotism (with Igor Primoratz and Simon Keller), Security and Privacy (with Seumas Miller, Peter Mameli, Adina Schwartz, and Douglas Salane), and Loyalty and Loyalties

Paul Leighton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University. He received his PhD from American University in Sociology and Justice. His research interests include violence, white collar crime, criminal justice policy, and punishment. He is co-author with Jeffrey Reiman on the ninth edition of The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison; they also co-edited The Rich Get Richer: A Reader and Criminal Justice Ethics. Dr. Leighton has co-authored Class, Race, Gender and Crime, 3rd ed., and Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business and the Incarceration Binge. He was North American Editor of Critical Criminology: An International Journal, and named Critical Criminologist of the Year by the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology. Dr. Leighton is also President of the Board of SafeHouse, the local shelter and advocacy center for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Howard McGary is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His primary areas of specialization are social and political philosophy, African American philosophy, and normative ethics. Most of his research has focused on an examination of political liberalism and theories of compensatory justice, collective responsibility, and distributive justice, especially as these theories relate to persons who have experienced (or are experiencing) discrimination and subjugation. Dr. McGary is also interested in developing philosophical accounts of equality of educational opportunity and in an examination of the virtues, in particular, forgiveness. Recently, he has been exploring philosophical themes found in the works of prominent African American social and political thinkers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. McGary serves on the editorial boards of the Encyclopedia of Ethics, The Journal of Ethics, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, The Philosophical Forum, and Social Identities. He is the Founder and Director of the Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy and serves on the Executive Committee of the Eastern Division, American Philosophical Association. His publications include My Larger Education (Introductory essay to Booker T. Washington's classic text on education) (Humanities Books, 2004), Race and Social Justice (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), Between Slavery and Freedom (with Bill Lawson) (Indiana University Press, 1992), and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Jeffrey Reiman is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy at American University. He is the author of In Defense of Political Philosophy (Harper & Row, 1972), Justice and Modern Moral Philosophy (Yale, 1990), Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory and Practice (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), The Death Penalty: For and Against (with Louis Pojman) (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), Abortion and the Ways We Value Human Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999), The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison: Ideology, Class, and Criminal Justice, 9th ed. (with Paul Leighton) (Allyn & Bacon, 2010), and more than a hundred articles in philosophy and criminal justice journals and anthologies.

Nancy Wonders is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. Her research and teaching focuses on the relationship between social inequality, difference, and justice, with an emphasis on underrepresented and vulnerable populations both domestically and globally. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the relationship between structural inequality and justice, and has been recognized for innovation in teaching about difference and underrepresented groups. Dr. Wonders' current research focuses on globalization, borders, and justice, with a special focus on the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Wonders is a past Chair of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime and recipient of the Western Society of Criminology's June Morrison-Tom Gitchoff Award for significant improvement of the quality of justice.