Faculty Collaborate for Book on Capital Punishment in Movies
Political science professor Helen Knowles (above) spearheaded the development of Lights! Camera! Execution!: Cinematic Portrayals of Capital Punishment (Lexington Books, 2019), which pulled the expertise of co-authors criminal justice professor Jaclyn Schildkraut and political science emeritus professor Bruce Altschuler.
Each chapter focuses on a particular cinematic portrayal of the death penalty in the United States, including such films as The Green Mile, Monster’s Ball, Thin Blue Line, Dead Man Walking and Murder in Coweta County.
Beyond the issue of the death penalty, the book discusses how Hollywood approaches controversial legal and moral issues. The team of authors believe that the book will be ideal for both undergraduate and graduate college courses.
Shanika Scarborough M’20, who is pursuing her master’s in graphic design and digital media from Oswego, created the cover.
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