UH Mānoa invites public to faculty lecture on girls' use of aggression

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Teri Skillman, (808) 956-8688
Events & Communications Coordinator
Posted: Sep 18, 2009

Cut Out Girls
Cut Out Girls
Nearly a decade into the 21st Century, it seems like the news about girls is increasingly alarming. We’ve had gangsta girls peering over the barrels of guns, mean girls, girls gone wild, and even brawling cheerleaders. Given the high level of interest in girls’ use of violence and aggression, it is actually remarkable that so little careful academic work has been made available to those concerned with the facts and not the hype.
Join the UH Mānoa Library for the second lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series by Meda Chesney-Lind, Professor of the Women’s Studies, on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm in Hamilton Library Room 301. This talks aims to fill a void by making two major contributions to the discussion of girls’ aggression and violence. First, Chesney-Lind will review the facts on girls’ aggression and violence, and then she will review aspects of the negative consequences of the media led moral panic, chief of which has been dramatic increases in the arrests of girls for very minor forms of violence.
Meda Chesney-Lind is nationally recognized for her work on women and crime. Her books include Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Female Gangs in America, Invisible Punishment, and Girls, Women and Crime, published in 2004.    She has just finished a book on trends in girls’ violence, entitled Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence and Hype. She received the Bruce Smith, Sr. Award “for outstanding contributions to Criminal Justice” from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in April, 2001.  She was named a fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 1996 and has also received the Herbert Block Award for service to the society and the profession from the American Society of Criminology. She has received the Donald Cressey Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for “outstanding contributions to the field of criminology,” the Founders award of the Western Society of Criminology for "significant improvement of the quality of justice,” and the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regent's Medal for "Excellence in Research." 
Chesney-Lind was been included among the scholars working with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Girls Study Group. In Hawaiʻi, she has worked with the Family Court, First Circuit advising them on the recently formed Girls Court as well as helping improve the situation of girls in detention.
The Faculty Lecture Series is sponsored by Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Office of Research Relations, and the University of Hawai’i At Mānoa Library. The University of Hawai’i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
For more information about the lecture series, please call or email Teri Skillman.