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White-collar crimes topic of next ethics lecture

March 8, 2004

KALAMAZOO--A visiting sociologist will talk about international white-collar crime at a March 15 presentation at Western Michigan University.

Dr. David O. Friedrichs, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Scranton, will present "White Collar Crime In a Globalized, Postmodern World," at 2 p.m. Monday, March 15, in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center. The event is co-sponsored by the WMU Department of Sociology's Kercher Lecture Series and the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Friedrichs' talk will focus on the new meanings of "white-collar crime" and explore the activities he calls "crimes of globalization," which involve international financial institutions such as the World Bank. He will also talk about the challenges to law enforcement in regulating these crimes in an international context.

Friedrichs is author of "Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary Society" and "Law in our Lives: An Introduction." He is the author of numerous articles, and, in addition to white-collar crime, his areas of research include radical criminology, victimology, narrative jurisprudence, the death penalty and crimes of states. Friedrichs has served on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Justice Quarterly, the American Sociologist and Critical Criminology. He also served as editor of the Legal Studies Forum from 1985 to 1989.

WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society was established to encourage and support the research, teaching, and service to the university and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. For more information contact (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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