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Executing an Innocent Man: Arson Investigation Meets Critical Thinking-Michael Rip (Grand Rapids)

October 26, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us a lecture on “Executing an Innocent Man: Arson Investigation Meets Critical Thinking” with Dr. Michael Rip from MSU.

In 2004, the State of Texas executed an innocent person accused (and found guilty)on three counts of arson homicide. This case is clouded by emotion,controversy, and politics. Dr. Rip’s presentation examines the case from a critical thinking perspective. Special attention is directed towards the central issue of determining causality, and the cognitive psychological elements involved. Also considered are flaws in our judicial system that make this tragic outcome likely to be repeated in the future.

Meetings are open to the Public. A moderated discussion will follow the lecture.

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Michael Rip, PhD

Director of Program in Public Health, Michigan State University

Dr. Michael Rip serves as Director of the PPH at Michigan State University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Criminal Justice. Rip is also a spatial epidemiologist and medical geographer with interests in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. He has conducted research in South Africa, and is the author of two books and numerous articles in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, and care. Dr. Rip is currently researching the cruise missile attack on the El-Shifa Pharmaceutical Factory (Khartoum, Sudan) in August, 1998 and writing a third book: "Blunt Scalpel: Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Proliferation, and the U.S. Military.