Faith and the Death Penalty in Texas
Instructor: Roger C. Barnes, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Incarnate Word.
Details: Three Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., February 22, March 1, 8, 2010.
Tuition: $25. Register by February 15.
Enrollment Limits: 10 minimum/ 35 maximum.
Course Description: Texas has executed nearly 450 individuals since it resumed executions in 1982. It leads the nation in the total number of executions and has a death row population of almost 400 people. What does the death penalty mean for people of faith who live in Texas? What should be the Christian response to executions? What is the human, financial and ethical toll of the death penalty? These and other aspects of the death penalty are to be examined in this course. About the Instructor: Roger C. Barnes, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at the University of the Incarnate Word. He teaches criminology, criminal justice, sociological theory, and the sociology of the death penalty, among other courses. Dr. Barnes has specialized both as a scholar and as a social activist on the death penalty. His writings on the death penalty and crime and justice issues have appeared in the National Social Science Journal, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, the Journal of South Texas Studies, the Criminal Justice Journal, Police Studies, Verbum Incarnatum, and in books and newspapers. Dr. Barnes taught for three years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and as a young college student in 1970 visited prisoners on Arkansas’ death row. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas, where he also received his doctoral degree.
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