By Vicki Schieber, CMN
September 15, 2012
In our May edition of the CMN e-newsletter, we promised to introduce the Mount-CMN program intern for the fall 2012 semester. We are now in the third week of our new semester and are pleased to introduce our new intern, Teresa Fredericks.
Teresa is a senior at Mount St. Mary’s who is double majoring in Sociology and Fine Art. As a member of Amnesty International for the past three years, Teresa has helped to coordinate numerous community events, including a Death Penalty Awareness week in the Spring of 2012. Planning that event led her to CMN, and she will act as the social media intern for the Mount St. Mary’s satellite office in the fall 2012. She has a great interest in community activism and, upon graduation, hopes to pursue a career in cultural management.
This semester, Teresa will be researching social media and its application in the nonprofit sector, specifically the website of CMN. In addition to the CMN internship, Teresa serves as the Art Editor for Lighted Corners, Mount St. Mary’s literary magazine, and as a Community Outreach Assistant for the Delaplaine Fine Arts Center, home to the Visual Arts and Education Department.
This fall, the Mount will again be offering a course called “The Death Penalty.” This is a 75-minute course providing an in-depth, interdisciplinary study of the death penalty through an analysis of philosophical, theological, sociological, political and historical texts.
The class taught by Dr. Trudy Conway of the Philosophy Department, is offered twice a week and now has 27 students participating. The primary focus is a critical examination of arguments regarding the current practice of the death penalty in contemporary American society. A major segment of the course focuses on Catholic teaching on the death penalty. Vicki Schieber participates in the course and will be teaching a segment of the course that focuses on the experience of murder victim family members in dealing with the U.S. criminal justice system.
Finally, we want to update you on the progress of the textbook on the death penalty being written by 16 Mount St. Mary’s scholars, also discussed in our May e-newsletter. The book chapters were delivered to Liturgical Press on August 31, 2012. We expect a publication date in the fall/winter cycle of 2012/2013. The central theme is the restoration of people whose lives have been torn apart by violence and hate. The intent is to communicate the love and hope of the Gospels and Catholic social teaching.
This article first appeared in CMN’s September 2012 newsletter.