Shabbat Services with guest speaker, John Bessler

  • December 18, 2015
  • 6:30 PM
  • Shir Tikvah
Shabbat Services with guest speaker, John Bessler

"At a Tipping Point?  The Anti-Death Penalty Movement After 250 Years"

Also, here is a brief bio:

John Bessler teaches at the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center.  He has also taught law at the University of Minnesota Law School, The George Washington University Law School, and Rutgers School of Law, Camden.  He was a lawyer in private practice for many years, is a two-time Minnesota Book Award finalist, and is the author of six books.  His latest book, The Birth of American Law: An Italian Philosopher and the American Revolution (2014), won the Scribes Book Award—an annual award given out since 1961—and two other book awards.  The Birth of American Law explores the influence of the Italian Enlightenment on the American Revolution and America’s founders.  John is the author of several books on the death penalty, including Cruel and Unusual: The American Death Penalty and the Founders' Eighth Amendment(2012).  One of John’s earlier books, Writing for Life: The Craft of Writing for Everyday Living (2007), won an Independent Publisher Book Award.  John has a B.A. in political science from the University of Minnesota, a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, an M.F.A. degree from Hamline University, and a master’s degree in international human rights law from Oxford University.



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