April 6, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Bernard E. Harcourt, the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology and the director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago, will give a talk titled “Flipping a Coin, Throwing the Dice: Miscarriages of Justice and the Sentencing Lottery” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Croxton Lectureship, Harcourt’s talk will be free and open to the public.

Harcourt’s scholarship focuses on issues of crime and punishment from an empirical and social theoretic perspective. He is the author of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (2007), Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy (2005) and Illusion of Order: The False Promise of Broken-Windows Policing (2001). He is also the editor of a collection of essays on Guns, Crime and Punishment in America (2003) and of the journal The Carceral Notebooks. Harcourt received a B.A. in political theory from Princeton University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

The Croxton Lectureship was established in 1988 by William M. Croxton ’36 in memory of his parents, Ruth L. and Hugh W. Croxton, to bring to campus well-known speakers who focus on topical issues.