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30th Annual Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Lecture

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Van Metre Hall, George Mason University (formerly Founders Hall)

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Featuring Dr. Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University.

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30th Annual Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Lecture

"Human Rights Meets Restorative Justice"

Dr. Howard Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice, Director Emeritus, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University

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In his lecture, Dr. Zehr will explore some of the challenges in defining and enforcing human rights in the 21st century and ways that the criminal legal system has contributed to injustice. He will offer some observations from the emerging field of restorative justice.

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Professor Howard Zehr is a foundational figure in the field of restorative justice. As a practitioner and theorist, he has shaped and expanded the field since the 1970s. He has led hundreds of events in more than 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. His impact has been especially significant in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Britain, Ukraine, and New Zealand, a country that has restructured its juvenile justice system into a family-focused, restorative approach.

A prolific writer and editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr actively mentors other leaders in the field. More than 1,000 people have taken Zehr-taught courses and intensive workshops in restorative justice, many of whom lead their own restorative justice-focused organizations.

Zehr was an early advocate of making victims’ needs central to the practice of restorative justice. A core theme in his work is respect for the dignity of all people. From 2008-2011, he served on the Victims Advisory Group of the U.S. Sentencing Commission and has held positions on various other advisory boards.

In 2013, Zehr stepped away from active classroom teaching and became co-director, with Dr. Carl Stauffer, of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University.

About the Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Lecture Series

The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s annual Lynch Lecture features ground-breaking approaches to analyzing conflict and promoting peace. Delivered by public officials, scholars, and practitioners, this lecture series recognizes the generosity of S-CAR’s earliest supporters, Edwin and Helen Lynch.

For a list of previous lectures, visit https://scar.gmu.edu/lynch-lecture.

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