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Talking Resolution: Violence, Restorative Justice & Human Rights

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 6:00am

Can victims, their families, and communities—even countries—heal after unspeakable acts of violence? In this Academy Evenings "Talk to Me" series of discussions, Janine Geske, a Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, and Scott Straus, associate professor of political science at UW–Madison and coordinator of the university's Wisconsin Human Rights Initiative, consider the role of restorative justice in the U.S., emphasizing reparation to victims and community members, and justice after atrocity in Africa. Geske and Straus discuss how these and other approaches to violence and oppression may be going beyond our traditional understanding of crime and punishment. Recorded on September 21, 2010, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art lecture hall in Overture Center for the Arts, Madison.


Janine Geske, a professor at Marquette University Law School, has served Wisconsin as Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, and Milwaukee County Executive. As founder of the Restorative Justice Institute at Marquette, she works in the prisons and the community with victims of crime and offenders.

Scott Straus is associate professor of political science and international studies and director of the Human Rights Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research interests include the study of genocide, violence, human rights, and African politics.

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