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Keynote Speakers


Friday, April 1, 2016

Alumni Center, Ball State University



A Town Hall Discussion: Community and campus initiatives promoting peace in troubled times


The Honorable Dennis Tyler, Mayor of Muncie

Paul Ferguson, Ph.D., President of Ball State University  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Alumni Center, Ball State University

Black lives matter: Eliminating racial inequities throughout the criminal justice system

Featuring: Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D. (Research analyst, The Sentencing Project-Washington, D.C.)

Dr. Ghandnoosh conducts and synthesizes research on racial disparities in the justice system, public opinion about punishment, and the scope of reform efforts. Her report, “Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies,” was featured in outlets including the New York Times and WNYC’s On the Media. She also has co-authored “Can We Wait 88 Years to End Mass Incarceration?” and “Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime: A Tale of Three States.” Her current projects underscore the need for reforming severe sentences. Dr. Ghandnoosh earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.