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College Welcomes Crime Scholar For Lecture

March 31, 2009 - As an extended part of its annual Book-in-Common program, the Colliln College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement will host guest speaker Dr. Danielle Lavin-Loucks, who will present “Guns and Roses: The Relationship of Crime and Neighborhoods” 10-11:15 a.m.,  Tuesday, April 14, at the college's Spring Creek Campus Conference Center.

The event is free and open to the public. The Spring Creek Campus is located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano.

This year’s Book-in-Common was “All Souls” by Michael Patrick McDonald, which chronicled growing up in the south Boston slums during the 1970s amid crime, drug use, suicide, race riots and more.

Dr. Lavin-Loucks is the director of strategic planning and evaluation for Education is Freedom and holds an academic appointment as a clinical faculty in the criminology program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her research and teaching interests include prisoner reentry, qualitative methods, social problems, media and crime. Her publications have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Sociological Review. She is a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology and the Midwest Sociological Society.  Prior to joining Education is Freedom, Dr. Lavin-Loucks also served as the associate director of the J. McDonald Williams Institute.

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