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The Basic Principles of Jainism and Crime Prevention

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Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00pm

FIU MMC, Room CBC 232 11200 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33199

Seventh Mahavir Nirvan Lecture
The Basic Principles of Jainism and Crime Prevention
Presentation by Suman Kakar, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Join us for a presentation featuring Dr. Suman Kakar, associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Kakar will explore how Jain principles can be applied to crime prevention, particularly violent crimes. Specifically, she will discuss how the five fundamental tenets of Jainism—Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Achaurya (non-stealing), Bhramacharya (chastity), and Aparigraha (non-attachment)—can be used to address human emotions of anger, pride, deceit and greed that can lead to various forms of criminal behavior. She will also discuss the implications these doctrines can have on society and how they can serve as guideposts for the creation of public policies to reduce and prevent crime.

Suman Kakar joined the faculty at FIU in 1993. She has earned multiple university awards in research, teaching and service and has been nominated for the University Distinguished Professor Award. Her research has been published in national and international journals, including Journal of Gang Research, Journal of Criminal Justice and Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. She also served as Guest Editor for the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Special Issue on Juvenile Justice in the New Millennium. She has authored and contributed to numerous books. She is also a member of several national and international criminal justice associations.  

This event is hosted by the Jain Studies Program, part of the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.

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