Talarico lecturer to discuss Iraq and the crimes of war

Athens, Ga. – John Hagan, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University, will deliver the Susette M. Talarico Lecture at the University of Georgia April 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Dean Rusk Hall’s Larry Walker Room. His lecture, titled “Who Are the Criminals? Iraq and the Crimes of Pre-Emptive War,” is free and open to the public.

As co-director of the Center on Law and Globalization at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, Hagan’s research spans topics from causes of crime to war crimes and human rights. From 2003-05, he pioneered the application of advanced crime measurement techniques to study genocide as part of his work on violence in Darfur and in the Balkans. In 2009, he received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his research regarding the causes of and prevention of genocide.

“We are honored to have Dr. Hagan deliver this year’s Talarico Lecture,” said Jody Clay-Warner, criminal justice studies program director. “His pioneering research has increased our understanding of the true depths of human rights abuses in places such as Darfur, and has informed our understanding of war crimes more generally.”

The lecture is co-sponsored by the criminal justice studies program, the School of Public and International Affairs’ department of political science and the department of sociology.

The Talarico lecture is made possible by a fund created to honor longtime UGA professor Susette Talarico, who was a faculty member at UGA for more than three decades. Talarico was the Albert Berry Saye Professor of American Government and Constitutional Law and the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. She served as director of the criminal justice studies program for 22 years.