Campus News 2007

For Immediate Release
May 18, 2007

National Conference on Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Conference Free Events

Saturday, June 23 (San Antonio)

5-6:30 p.m.: Open House reception at Crosspoint, Inc., 225 East Locust at McCullough. Hosted by County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: Potluck dinner at the San Antonio Mennonite Church and peaceCENTER, 1443 South St. Mary, below Durango Street.

7:30-9 p.m.: Discussion on "Global Perspectives of Restorative Justice" moderated by Eliza Sonneland; with Dr. Howard Zehr, Leigh Garrett of Australia; Marty Price, South American Researcher and Fulbright Scholar; East Los Angeles pastor the Rev. Rene Ledesma; Sayantani Guin of India; Peruvian peaceworker Jonathan Beachy; and juvenile justice authority, Dr. Gordon Bazemore.

Sunday, June 24 (Schreiner University, Kerrville)

Free round-trip shuttle service from University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, to Schreiner University in Kerrville. Please call ahead for this service, (210) 732-9927, or send an e-mail to solcenter@upcsa.org.

2-5:15 p.m.: Opening Plenary Session, Dietert Auditorium, Schreiner University campus; U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis, 7th Congressional District of Illinois, “The Second Chance Act: Views of Restorative Justice from Capitol Hill.” 2:45 p.m., Dr. Howard Zehr, “The Promise and Challenges of Restorative Justice for Victims.” 3:45 p.m., Elaine Enns and Ched Myers — “Broadening the Definition and Practices of Restorative Justice.”

Monday, June 25

Free round-trip shuttle service from University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, to Schreiner University in Kerrville. Please call ahead for this service, (210) 732-9927, or send an e-mail to solcenter@upcsa.org.

10:30 a.m.: Faith Groups and Restorative Justice Track, Dietert Auditorium, “Probation and the Role of the Faith Community” led by Joel Zamarripa, Community Partner Coordinator, Harris County (Texas) Community Supervision and Corrections Department (HCCSCD).

Restorative Justice in the First Person Track, Dietert Classroom on right-hand side of entrance to Dietert Auditorium, “Caring for the Victims of Crime.”

3:30 p.m.: Faith Groups and Restorative Justice Track, Dietert Auditorium, “Faith-based Dorms, the Correctional System and the Community,” panel moderated by Jack G. Cowley. Restorative Justice in the First Person Track, Dietert Classroom on right-hand side of entrance to Dietert Auditorium, “The Faith Community Responds,”

Jean Humphreys on the “Daughters of Abraham” project; Sally Bethea on San Antonio’s “Woman at the Well” reentry program; the Rev. Louise Stowe-Johns on “Conflict Resolution in Congregations”; and Ruth Armstrong on “Researching Faith-based Reentry.”

Tuesday, June 26

Free round-trip shuttle service from University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, to Schreiner University in Kerrville. Please call ahead for this service, (210) 732-9927, or send an e-mail to solcenter@upcsa.org.

10:30 a.m.: Faith Groups and Restorative Justice Track, Dietert Auditorium, workshop on “Biblical Concepts of Restorative Justice,” the Rev. Dr. Marcus Cosby, Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston. Restorative Justice in the First Person Track, Dietert Classroom on right-hand side of entrance to Dietert Auditorium, “The Family Left Behind: Restorative Justice and the Families of Offenders,” Roger W. Hollar, director of the Mercy Heart program in Dallas, Texas, moderater.

3:30 p.m.: Faith Groups and Restorative Justice Track, Dietert Auditorium, “Relationships: The Working Partnership between the Texas Correctional System and the Faith Community,” Bert Thompson, moderater; panel members Nathaniel Quarterman, Director of Correctional Institutions Division of TDCJ; Madeline Ortiz, Director of Rehabilitation and Reentry Programs Division of TDCJ; Doug Dretke, Executive Director of the Correction Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) at Sam Houston State University; and Bryan Collier, Director of Parole Division of TDCJ. Bonus Program, Dietert Classroom on right-hand side of entrance to Dietert Auditorium,Dr. Virgil A. Wood, “Escaping from the Underclass: How Socio-Economics Affects Crime and Punishment in America.”

9:00 p.m.: Free concert by David LaMotte -- singer, songwriter, acoustic guitarist -- Cailloux Student Union Ballroom.

Wednesday June 27, 2007

9:00 a.m.: Faith Groups and Restorative Justice Track, Dietert Auditorium, “Addiction and the Faith-Based Recovery Community,” the Rev. Matt Russell, Pastor of Mercy Street in Houston, Texas, and Stek Steck, State Director for Celebrate Recovery Inside. Restorative Justice in the First Person Track, Dietert Classroom on right-hand side of entrance to Dietert Auditorium, “From Incarceration to Reentry: It’s about Relationships,” panel discussion.

10:45 a.m. - noon: Concluding Plenary Session, second-floor ballroom, Cailloux Student Activities Building. “Exploring the Harms: A Reporter's Personal Journey through a Texas Death Penalty Case,” San Antonio Express-News Deputy Metro Editor Tricia Schwennesen shares her experience of covering the story of a Texas death row inmate.
 
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