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Should Spanking Children Be Forbidden? We'll Discuss on Thursday's Access Utah

Should Spanking Children Be Forbidden in the U.S.? Renowned criminologist Christian Pfeiffer from University of Hannover, Germany will present the European experience on Thursday, as a part of the USU Provost's Series on Instructional Excellence, and will join us for Thursday's AU.

Dr. Pfeiffer's research interests include the role of religion and child rearing practices in the production of violence; the role of media in the lives of children and in the perception of crime and criminal policy; media consumption and violence; the implications of corporal punishment in politics; and extrajudicial dispute resolution. 

Professor Pfeiffer is a former minister of justice of the German state of Lower Saxony and past-president of the German Juvenile Court Association. He served for 29 years as director of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony, and is Professor Emeritus of Law & Criminology, University of Hanover, and a frequent contributor to national media. Currently an invited scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC, he campaigns against corporal punishment of children in Germany and the United States.

His presentation, "Should Spanking Children be Forbidden in the U.S.? - the European Experience," part of the USU Provost's Series on Instructional Excellence, is Thursday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m. in Eccles Conference Center Auditorium on the Utah State University campus.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.