EMU announces online course with Howard Zehr
Dec 01, 2011
"Recovering the vision: Conversations on restorative justice"
Restorative justice is a simple, intuitive concept. However, when implemented in practice, challenges and complexities arise. This course is intended for those who have some background in restorative justice, and through reading, discussion, and real-time conversations with leading practitioners and thinkers, participants will explore the principles and values of restorative justice along with challenges, dangers and pitfalls of it when put into practice.
The course will meet online each Wednesday from 4:00-6:00 pm EST beginning Feb. 1, 2012 and ending April 25, 2012 and will require completion of assignments between class meetings. Critical Issues in Restorative Justice (Ed. Barb Toews and Howard Zehr) will be a primary text of the course.
About the teachers:
Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University, began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. Zehr was an early advocate of making the needs of victims central to the practice of restorative justice. A core theme in his work is respect for the dignity of all peoples. He has led hundreds of events in some 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform and other criminal justice matters. Zehr is the author of Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice; The Little Book of Restorative Justice; The Little Book of Contemplative Photography; Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences and more.
Brenda Waugh is an attorney and mediator with over twenty five years of experience. She graduated from West Virginia University Law School in 1987 and in 2009 earned a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Eastern Mennonite University. She is licensed to practice law in West Virginia and the District of Columbia and is a certified mediator in Virginia and in West Virginia. Currently in private practice, she previously practiced law as an assistant prosecuting attorney and as a legal services lawyer. Brenda served counsel to the West Virginia Legislature and as the clerk to the committee to develop Family Court Rules with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She served as the first chairperson for the West Virginia State Bar Commission on Children and the Law and was appointed by the Supreme Court to serve on the several committees. She has published articles in the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the Washington University School of Law Journal of Law and Public Policy. Her teaching experiences include West Virginia University School of Law and Eastern Mennonite University.