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Groups Host Discussion of Trayvon Martin Case

Habel, Virkler to Participate in Evening of Discussion

Written By Victoria Lamanna '15, PR Intern

Professor says purpose is to open dialogue


Utica, NY (10/28/2013)
- On Tuesday, Oct. 29, members of UC’s Phi Iota Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Womyn’s Resource Center and Diversity Committee will host an evening of dialogue to discuss the aspects and outcomes of the Trayvon Martin case.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Carbone Auditorium in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies and Cybersecurity building. Aspects such as the legal, media, and social issues of the case will be discussed. Faculty members and students will co-facilitate the event, and David Habbel, associate professor of communication, and William Virkler, assistant professor of criminal justice, will make brief remarks.

“Our purpose is to open dialogue from other perspectives and viewpoints,” said Habbel. “This discussion gives students the opportunity to understand cultural differences and engage in constructive dialogue. This skill will play a critical part in their future, especially in the workplace.”

The event is exclusively for members of the Utica College community. For more information, contact Habbel, at dhabbel@utica.edu, or the Womyn’s Resource Center at (315) 792-3327.

About Utica College – Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The College, located in upstate central New York, approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, currently enrolls over 4,000 students in 38 undergraduate majors, 29 minors, 20 graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.


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