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Death Penalty Discussion Set for Arcadia University on Martin Luther King Day This Monday Evening

Posted On Jan 10 2012
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A “Community Discussion on the Death Penalty” will be presented in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Arcadia University this Monday evening.

The event, sponsored by Arcadia University’s Office of Institutional Diversity in collaboration with The Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) and The Cheltenham Branch of the NAACP, will feature a three-person panel moderated by E. Steven Collins, Director of Urban Marketing and External Relations at Radio One and host of “Philly Speaks with E. Steven Collins” on WRNB FM.

The panel includes: Michael Coard, Philadelphia criminal defense attorney and community activist; Dr. John Noakes, Associate Provost of Academic Improvement and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at Arcadia; and Marc Bookman, executive director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR).

Coard is a founding member of Avenging the Ancestors Coalition, the group that spearheaded the President’s House/Slavery Memorial project, a former state board member of the ACLU, an adjunct professor in the African Studies Department and the Urban Studies Department at Temple University, a founding member of Judging The Judges, and occasionally self-described as “the angriest black man in America.”

Noakes is an associate professor of sociology interested in the relationship between the state and political dissent. His current work focuses on recent changes in police responses to political protests.

Marc Bookman was a public defender for 27 years and worked in the homicide unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia prior to becoming the executive director of ACCR.

The death penalty discussion is set for 7:30 to 9 p.m. on January 16 at Arcadia University’s Murphy Hall in Stiteler Auditorium. Directions to the university, at 450 S. Easton Road in Glenside, are available here.

For more information, contact Judy Dalton, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity at (215) 572-4088 or

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