Historian to Discuss Juvenile Death Penalty, Female Adolescence

OGDEN, Utah – Award-winning historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg will speak on "Kansas Charley," and the history of the juvenile death penalty, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom at Weber State University.

Brumberg explores the issues surrounding capital punishment for minors by recounting the story of Charles Miller, a teenage murderer who was executed in Cheyenne, Wyo., in the 1890s. Miller's case is the basis for Brumberg's book, "Kansas Charley."

Brumberg's lecture is one of two presentations she will make during her visit to WSU. In conjunction with WSU's Women's Studies program, Brumberg will discuss her research on the history of female adolescence on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Diversity Center.

Brumberg is the author of the books "The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls" and "Fasting Girls," a work that examines the history of anorexia nervosa. She is the Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow and professor of history, human development, and gender studies at Cornell University.

Both presentations are free to the public. For more information about her presentation on the death penalty, call 801-626-7325. For more information about her discussion of female adolescence, call 801-626-7632.

Susan Matt, associate history professor
801-626-7325 · smatt@weber.edu
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu