April 08, 2020

Respect Life symposium at college

STANDISH — This year’s Respect Life symposium at St. Joseph’s College of Maine will discuss “Capital Punishment.”

The symposium gets under way at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in The Chalet, with the film “Dead Man Walking.”

The next day, Richard Pitre of Kennebunkport will deliver a presentation on capital punishment at 7 p.m. in Xavier Hall lounge. Pitre will focus on the case of John Joubert, who was put to death in Nebraska’s electric chair in 1996 for the torture murders of two young children. Pitre pleaded Joubert’s cause before the Nebraska Board of Pardons and served as chaplain at Joubert’s execution.

The symposium concludes on Wednesday, Jan. 28, with a 7 p.m. panel discussion on ethical, moral, social and legal aspects of capital punishment. The panel includes Pitre, Dr. Hugo A. Bedau and Dr. Dennis Biggie.

Bedau is the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and is author of the books, “Making Mortal Choices,” “The Courts, The Constitution, and Capital Punishment” and “Death is Different: Studies in the Morality, Law and Politics of Capital Punishment.”

Biggie is assistant professor of philosophy at St. Joseph’s College and a member of “Academics for Munia Abu-Jamal,” an inmate on death row in Pennsylvania who is sentenced to be executed for the 1981 shooting death of a Philadelphia police officer.

The symposium is open to the public without charge. Additional information may be obtained from Dr. Edward Rielly, at 893-7801.

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