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Criminal Justice Seminar Class Co-Hosts Screening Nov. 15


By Sheryl E. Taylor

A UHD Freshman Seminar in Criminal Justice & Social Work class is co-hosting an event with the European Union Delegation to the U.S., the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Houston Office, and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium (A350).

This event features the first public screening in Houston of the documentary, “True Conviction,” by Jamie Meltzer, followed by a panel discussion. Panel participants include two death row exonerees who are featured in the film; a representative from the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Kristin Houlé, Executive Director of TCADP.

Filmed in Dallas, “True Conviction” explores the investigative and philanthropic work of the unlikeliest of teams: exonerees Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey, and Steven Phillips, who collectively spent more than 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. After their exonerations, the three friends formed House of Renewed Hope to help other wrongfully convicted individuals and advocate for criminal justice reforms.

UHD faculty are invited to offer extra credit for students who wish to attend this event. For more information, contact, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Janice Ahmad at Ahmadj@uhd.edu or 713-221-8492.

The event is free and open to the public, please RSVP.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.