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American Executions: A conversation about Capital Punishment, Race and Incarceration

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On Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the Dietrich Theatre on the Rocklin Campus, the Sierra College New Legacy Committee will host the Cesar E. Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series. This year’s topic is: "American Executions: A conversation about capital punishment, race and incarceration." The forum is an educational event to address research studies that suggest that race and ethnicity play a decisive role in the question of who lives and dies by execution in this country.

The panel discussion will include:

  • Moderator:
    • The Honorable David De Alba, California Superior Court Judge
  • The Honorable Cruz Reynoso
    • California Supreme Court Justice, 1982-1987
    • Professor of Law, UC Davis
    • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Timothy J. Foley, Professor
    • UC Davis and UC Berkeley
    • Research Interest: Capital Punishment and the Constitution
  • Quin A. Denvir, Federal Defender (ret.)
    • Office of the Federal Defender for the Eastern District of California, and
    • Federal Public Defender and lead counsel in the “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski trial.
  • Dr. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, Associate professor
    • Chair, UC Davis, Department of Chicana/o Studies
    • Research Interest: Youth, juvenile justice, race, and science in early twentieth-century California reform schools
    • Author, States of Delinquency: Race and Science in the Making of California’s Juvenile Justice System
  • Paul W. Comiskey,Attorney at Law
    • Founder, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
    • Author, A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty
    • Member of the Jesuit Order and priest of the Roman Catholic Church, 1962-1992.

Cesar E. Chavez – For a generation of Americans, Cesar Chavez (1927–1993) was the voice of farmworkers and of the Mexican American people. Chavez earned this position through his role as founder and organizer of the United Farm Workers union, through his leadership in the Chicano Movement, and through his crucial role in politics. As a result of his efforts, the concerns of Mexican American and other Latino peoples in the United States were, for the first time, brought into the national political debate. (Botz, 2006)

The New Legacy Committee at Sierra College strives to advance the social justice and cultural awareness agenda that Cesar Chavez and others worked so hard to achieve. It is in that spirit that we celebrate these contributions with this event.

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at: 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA. This event is Free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about this and other events on the four Sierra College campuses, log on to and click on Events.

There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits can be purchased at machines located in the parking lot.

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