Legal scholar Paul Butler and crim­i­nol­o­gist Jack Levin will head­line “The Pur­suit of Jus­tice,” a three-​​day con­fer­ence fea­turing nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized scholars April 18–20 at Gon­zaga Uni­ver­sity. Its theme is “Under­standing Hatred, Con­fronting Intol­er­ance, Elim­i­nating Inequality.”

Butler, an award-​​winning George­town Uni­ver­sity law pro­fessor and former fed­eral pros­e­cutor, is a well-​​known figure on race and the crim­inal jus­tice system, according to a press release. The author of “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-​​Hop Theory of Jus­tice,” he focuses on ordi­nary people’s encoun­ters with the crim­inal jus­tice system as jurors, wit­nesses, and through law enforce­ment. Butler has pre­sented his insights on such mat­ters as racial pro­filing and jury nul­li­fi­ca­tion in The New York Times, on 60 Min­utes, and in other major media.

Levin is a leading authority on how to under­stand and address hate crimes, domestic ter­rorism, mass murder, serial killing and other vio­lence, according to a press release. A Brud­nick Pro­fessor of Soci­ology and Crim­i­nology at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, Levin co-​​directs the Center on Vio­lence and Con­flict. He has authored 30 books and more than 150 arti­cles and appears fre­quently in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tri­bune, The Wash­ington Post, USA Today, The Huff­in­gton Post, and major tele­vi­sion news programs.

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