Well-Known Criminologist to Headline Upcoming Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series

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SARASOTA (March 3, 2015) – The upcoming University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series will feature Dr. Robert Agnew, a renowned criminologist and professor. Dr. Agnew will lead a discussion presented by the College of Arts & Sciences titled “Race and Youth Crime: Why isn’t the Relationship Strong?” The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday March 12, 2015 in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Selby Auditorium with a reception to follow. The event is open to the public at no cost.

Dr. Agnew’s discussion will examine the relationship between race and youth crime, the stereotypes that pervade the issue and consequences of discrimination with regards to crime.


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Dr. Agnew serves as the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Sociology at Emory University. He has served as the president and fellow of the American Society of Criminology, member of the Southern Sociological Society Roll of Honor and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Criminal Justice and several other scholarly journals focused on Criminology. His research focuses on the causes of crime and delinquency, particularly his general strain theory of delinquency.  His recent works include Criminological Theory: Past to Present (Oxford, 2015); Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control (Oxford, 2015); Toward A Unified Criminology: Integrating Assumptions about Crime, People, and Society (NYU Press, 2011); Pressured into Crime: An Overview of General Strain Theory (Oxford, 2006); and Why Do Criminals Offend: A General Theory of Crime and Delinquency (Oxford, 2005).

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee offers the free, public Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in cutting-edge conversations with experts on subjects that have relevance in our lives. Each college within USF Sarasota-Manatee (College of Education, College of Business, College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership and College of Arts & Sciences) hosts topics in the series.

To register or learn more about Knowledge-A-Bull, please visit: http://usfsm.edu/series.