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REAL LIFE – TRUE CRIME – Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:00 p.m. – virtual discussion with alumni from Shepherd’s Sociology and Criminal Justice program. Panelists will share insights on the important work they do each day and how it relates to crime, sociology, Appalachia, and the 2022-2023 Shepherd Common Reading, “The Third Rainbow Girl”.
Guests include: 
Ashley M. Batten, Esq. – SU Alum -Assistant Public Defender
CJ Briel Durand-Zara – SU Alum -Clinical Psychology/Recovery
Christopher Hicks – SU Alum -Medical Sociology
Arika Recore – SU Alum -Policing/CJ
Dr. Joshua Stout -SU Criminal Justice Faculty
Moderated by Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic
Sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation

Zoom link to join:

Thursday, November 3 – In-Person Author Talk & Book Signing with Emma Copley Eisenberg

6:00 PM – Student Center Ballroom – Free & Open to the Public – The author will discuss her book, “The Third Rainbow Girl”, her time living in West Virginia, and the lasting impact of the Rainbow murders. Book-signing and reception to follow. Free & Open to the Public.

Additional events are currently being planned; check back for updates.

Past Events:

Monday, September 19 – 12:00 PM – ZOOM Chat with Emma Copley Eisenberg

Learn more about “The Third Rainbow Girl” and Eisenberg’s work during this virtual session to promote the common reading in advance of Eisenberg’s on-campus visit in November. Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, chair of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will guide the discussion. Email to request a Zoom access code at any time prior to the start of the event. Free & Open to All.

The Common Reading Program and all events are made possible through the support of the Shepherd University Foundation.