Miami Presents: Families on Death Row - The Work of Women in Securing Innocence

The Miami University Libraries are hosting three lectures to honor Women's History Month. The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and Archives welcomes speakers from far and near for this 2022 lecture series. Join us for conversations about diversity, advocacy, and the achievements of women. 

Melinda Dawson will discuss how the criminal justice effectively ripped her family apart through the wrongful conviction of her husband and her treatment as the daughter of a murder victim. Alison Cohen '12, Director of Communications, Ohioans to Stop Executions, will present a summary of current death penalty legislation and a call to action. Dr. Yvette Harris, Professor of Psychology, Director of the MU Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated, will discuss how maternal imprisonment has an impact on mothering, how families adjust to maternal incarceration with a specific focus on mothers who are on death row. 

Allison Cohen ‘12, Ohioans to Stop Executions

Melinda Dawson, criminal justice advocate

Yvette R. Harris, Ph.D. Professor of Sociology Director of the Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated Miami University 

Presented by:
- Miami University Libraries
- Ohioans to Stop Executions
- Miami University's - Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Science, Family Studies and Social Work and the Center for the Study and Support of Children and Families of the Incarcerated 

The presentation is free to watch online and open to all, but registration is required. Please reach out to Shawn Vanness with any questions at dubbersa@miamioh.edu.