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Expert talks on globalization's impact on crime

Oct. 6, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Globalization's impact on crime and justice issues will be the subject when a noted criminologist visits the Western Michigan University campus Oct. 12.

Dr. Nancy Wonders, professor and chair of Northern Arizona University Department of Criminal Justice, will speak on "Globalization and the Future of Crime and Justice" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Room 209 of the Bernhard Center. The presentation, part of the Kercher Symposium Series, is sponsored by the WMU Department of Sociology and is free and open to the public.

Wonders' talk will cover many of the most critical crime and justice issues facing the world today, including transnational crime, illegal immigration, terrorism, human trafficking, identity theft and environmental crime. Wonders will argue that many of these harmful behaviors are linked to new global conditions, especially the changing character of national borders. If we genuinely wish to prevent these harmful behaviors, she says, it is essential for current and future criminologists to better understand their complex causes.

Wonders is internationally recognized for her research on inequality and justice, sex tourism, and critical and feminist criminology, as well as her work on globalization, migration and border issues.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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