Plymouth, N.H.-Research shows that most people have a definite opinion about the death penalty, even though they know little about it. Join Robert M. Bohm, professor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Monday, April 4, 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at Plymouth State University as he presents,“Do We Need the Death Penalty?” as part of the Saul O Sidore Lecture Series.
Bohm’s lecture will address the many reasons given in support of the death penalty, the evidence that contradicts those reasons, and why those reasons do not justify the continued use of the death penalty in the United States.
Existing New Hampshire law on the death penalty limits its use to the murder of a judge or police officer, murders that occur during rape or kidnapping or during a drug deal. The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently voted to expand the law to include murders committed during a home invasion.
A noted expert on the death penalty, Bohm is the author or editor of nine books and dozens of book chapters, journal articles and assorted other publications on criminal justice, criminology and capital punishment.
The theme for the 2010-2011 Sidore Lecture Series is “Visions for a Better World.”
Other series lecturers this semester will be Jennifer Bailey, April 18, speaking on “Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” and Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, May 2, speaking on “Integral Ecology: Things are Simultaneously Getting Worse, Getting Better and are Already Perfect.”
The Sidore Lecture Series, named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore, was established in 1979 by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation. The series brings a variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society and culture, topics that reflect Sidore’s interests.
All Sidore events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2878) or (800) 779-3869. Note: the box office is closed 3/19-27.