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Feb 5, 2015
Marsha Weissman, Ph.D.


topic: Innovative Solutions for Justice

Marsha Weissman, Ph.D. is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Community Alternatives and will speak on "Innovative Solutions for Justice".

She holds a Ph.D. in Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University. CCA provides alternative programs for adults and youth in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Justice Strategies, CCA’s policy division, draws upon CCA’s direct service experience to advance justice system reform.

Dr. Weissman serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Dignity in Schools Campaign and was a member of the New York State Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice. She is the author “Prelude to Prison: Youth Perspectives on the School-to-Prison Pipeline” that will be published by Syracuse University Press in fall 2014. Dr. Weissman has written on other aspects of criminal and juvenile justice reform including: “Unlocking the Potential of Reentry through Reintegrative Justice” in Immarigeon and Fehr (eds.), Pathways for Offender Reentry, American Correctional Association, 2012; “The Use of Criminal History Records in College Admissions: Reconsidered”; “Aspiring to the Impracticable: Alternatives to Incarceration in the Era of Mass Incarceration,” NYU Law School Review of Law and Social Change 2009 and Contradictions and Challenges: Can Community Justice Initiatives Avoid Co-optation?” in Nagel and Asumah (eds.), Prisons and Punishment: Reconsidering Global Penality, Africa World Press, 2006. In 2008, Dr. Weissman and youth from CCA’s juvenile justice programs testified before the U.N. Committee to End Racial Discrimination about disparities in the U.S. juvenile justice system.


Feb 12, 2015
Chris Powell


topic: TBA

Chris Powell is a co-founder of The Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, organized in the fall of 1998 to expose, oppose, and litigate against collusion to control the price and supply of gold and related financial instruments. The committee arose from essays by Bill Murphy, a financial commentator on the Internet, and by Chris Powell, a newspaper editor in Connecticut.





Feb 26, 2015
Phyllis Chesler


topic: TBA

Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology at City University of New York. She is a best-selling author, a legendary feminist leader, a retired psychotherapist and expert courtroom witness. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious, and human rights campaigns in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and the Far East. Her work has been translated into many European languages and into Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hebrew.

Dr. Chesler is a co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969), The National Women’s Health Network(1974), and The International Committee for Women of the Wall (1989). She is a Shillman-Ginsburg Fellow at The Middle East Forum, and a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP).

She is the author of fifteen books, including the landmark feminist classic Women and Madness as well as many other notable books including With Child: A Diary of Motherhood; Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody; Woman’s Inhumanity to Woman; and Women of the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism’s Holy Site. After publishing The New Anti-Semitism (2003), she published two more books: The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle For Women’s Freedom (2005) and An American Bride in Kabul (2013), which won a National Jewish Book Award.

Since 9/11, Dr. Chesler has focused on anti-Semitism and the demonization of Israel; the psychology of terrorism; the nature of propaganda; honor-based violence and the rights of women, dissidents, and gays in the Islamic world. Dr. Chesler has published three studies about honor-related violence, including honor killings, and a position paper on why the West should ban the burqa; these studies have all appeared in Middle East Quarterly.She has testified for Muslim and ex-Muslim women who are seeking asylum or citizenship based on their credible belief that their families will honor kill them.

Dr. Chesler was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn, where she went to Hebrew Schools and joined Hashomer Ha’tzair. She lives in Manhattan and is a very proud mother and grandmother.

Dr. Chesler has been profiled in many encyclopedias, including Feminists Who Have Changed America, Jewish Women in America, and in the latest Encyclopedia Judaica.




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