SOCI 292 - Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project Intensive
Semester Offered: Spring
As a student in the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project Intensive, you engage with the work of The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. CRRJ conducts research and supports policy initiatives on racial violence and other miscarriages of justice during the period 1930-1970 in the United States. You investigate cases of racially motivated violence against African Americans between 1930-1970 in the 12 states of the Confederacy. CRRJ Northeastern Law students complete the preliminary research of identifying the cases and you are asked to uncover the specifics of each case. To do this case research you are expected to gather some historical data on the case location, be instructed in basic archival research and work closely with law students on any other projects that may have some relationship to your project. You orally present your findings to members of the faculty at Northeastern Law School. You also identify living relatives of the victim of the violence and coordinate interviews with them to supplement your understanding of the events. Moreover, you initiate a relationship with the family and other parties of interest to explore the prospects of designing and implementing a restorative justice initiative for those who were impacted by the homicide Finally, you have access to some law school classes, with the permission of the instructor, during times you are on Northeastern’s campus. We are on Northeastern’s campus for four days in the beginning of the semester, one week during spring break. You will not miss any classes at Vassar. Your work during the Spring 2022 school year will help CRRJ finalize its research on pending cases and help situate CRRJ as an exemplar of the burgeoning potential of archival research to move restorative justice forward.
1. An interest in social justice, law or journalism
2. An ability to work independently
3. A high level of emotional maturity and stability Diane Harriford.
Two 60-minute periods.
Course Format: INT
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