Those who follow Snell Library’s Meet the Author Series may remember author John Hollway’s discussion of his book, Killing Time, the story of an innocent man’s 14 years on death row and how he came to be found innocent and released. At the time of the talk, the Supreme Court was due to hear a civil case brought by the innocent man, John Thompson, and his attorneys against the New Orleans prosecutor’s office that was found to have withheld evidence in the original case, evidence that would have led to his acquittal but whose suppression meant he lost all those years of his life to unjust prison time. A local jury awarded him $14 million to compensate for the time he spent on death row, and appeals courts upheld the award, all the way to the Supreme Court. A sad update this week, however, as the Supreme Court handed down its 5-4 decision overturning the monetary award, stating the prosecutor’s office could not be held responsible for the “bad actions” of a single person, even though it has been shown that the office had a clear pattern of violations of the rules for handling evidence and was obviously not training its prosecutors in correct procedures — and even though all the lower appeals courts had upheld the local decision that the prosecutor’s office was responsible. Commentators around the news media are outraged by the decision; for examples, see this New York Times op-ed or this piece in Slate.com. According to the Facebook page for the book (which by the way offers more links to additional media coverage of the decision, as well as to the text of the decision itself), “Now the only remedy that any of us has for prosecutorial misconduct is a complaint to the State Bar Association — which, in most states, you can only make if you are admitted to the Bar yourself.” This is a grim outcome for all of us, not just John Thompson.
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As many of you may know, this month is filled with an assortment of fun and exciting events. We are headed into the second week of March with four programs you won’t want to miss! We hope to see you at one, or all of the events this coming week! If you have any questions on these or other upcoming programs at the library please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Tuesday, March 15th @8:30am – Breakfast with Artist Deborah Davidson To kick off the Northeastern University Humanities Center’s Artists and Practitioners in Residence Program, featuring Deborah Davidson, we will be serving a complimentary breakfast for attendees to meet and mingle with the artist. Breakfast will be served in the Alumni Reading Room on the first floor of Snell Library. To attend please R.S.V.P. to email@example.com. Tuesday, March 15th @10am- Book Making Workshop with Deborah Davidson Following the breakfast, Deborah Davidson will be leading an informal book binding workshop in the lobby of Snell for those interested in seeing how a hand bound book is made. This event is open to everyone so drop in between classes or during your study break! Tuesday, March 15th @12pm- Meet the Analysts: Baseball Prospectus 2011 Join us in 90 Snell Library for a look into this year’s coming baseball season! The analysts of Baseball Prospectuss have insights into over 60 different players, their teams, and their managers. Wear or bring your favorite team’s baseball cap! Wednesday, March 16th @12pm- Considering Books: A Talk with Deborah Davidson Come by 90 Snell Library to hear Deborah Davidson talk about her interest in making and thinking about books. Her focus will be on the book Voices, a 27’ scroll, which is included in the exhibition, What is Contained: The Book As Subject and Object, now open in Gallery 360. Wednesday, March 16th @6pm- Meet the Artist: Patrick Rothfuss Fantasy fiction writer Patrick Rothfuss will visit campus for a talk and book signing of his latest publication, The Wise Man’s Fear. This program will be in 200 Richards Hall and books will be made available for purchase. We will also have copies of The Name of the Wind for purchase.
Yesterday was the first Meet the Author Talk of the semester, and it was awesome! Losing Graceland’s Micah Nathan gave an excellent reading and candidly answered all of our inquiring questions about the novel, his personal life, and his writing processes. The audience was pleasantly surprised when we were treated to more than a few amusing anecdotes from his life. Frankly, he should try comedy on the side. You can read more about Losing Graceland on Amazon or on his website where Micah says Northeastern “rivaled any bookstore/assembly/book expo I’ve ever attended.” And he wants to use our poster design as a potential new book cover! “…a graphic design major put together the poster. If fate deems the book goes into a second printing, I will lobby for this being the cover. Or at least a cover for some version. How is it she managed to combine the Elvis vibe with my narrow head?” I know I’m looking forward to the next event, and I hope to see everyone there!
Today’s scheduled event with The Big Policeman author J. North Conway is canceled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support this fall! Stay tuned for an announcement regarding our Spring semester line-up.
To some, Parents’ Weekend is a drag… back to that restricted “my-parents-are-watching” mentality. To others, it’s a relief to have some quality family time again, to take away some of the homesickness. Regardless of if you’re happy about it or not, parents are coming in force this weekend and Northeastern has set up some awesome events, like Howie Mandel, to keep you entertained. If your folks can’t make it, you are in luck because you can still enjoy everything Northeastern has to offer this weekend! Snell Library will continue a Parents’ Weekend tradition on Saturday at 11am with another talk from our Meet The Author series. Northeastern Professor Roger Abrams talks about his book Sports Justice and how the law interacts with the business of professional sports. I for sure will not be missing this one, it should be a pretty active discussion. Check out the Facebook page for more info. You can check the full schedule of Parents’ Weekend events in PDF format here.