Addressing inequalities in the U.S. justice system will be the focus of Race, Class and Gender in the U.S. Justice System, a thought-provoking conference hosted by Duquesne University’s Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought.
“All citizens should be treated with equality, fairness and respect in light of the foundational human rights and values that must be protected at the core of the justice system,” said Dr. Christina Astorga, director of the center. “This conference addresses the racial, class and gender issues at work in our justice system in both overt and subtle ways.”
The Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of theology at Marquette University and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, will discuss overcoming cultured indifference and the challenge of criminal justice for the poor from a Catholic social thought perspective. Nicholas Cafardi, dean emeritus and professor of Duquesne’s School of Law, will discuss the legal aspects of racial, class and gender minorities in the American justice system.
When: Thursday, Nov. 19, from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Power Center, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square, Pittsburgh.
Information: The conference is free and open to the public. Call 412.396.4504 or visit www.duq.edu/cst for more information.