Why is the issue of capital punishment so divisive? Are Americans aware of the complexities of the issue? Capital punishment, more than any other public issue, has given rise to considerable differences of opinion in U.S. society. When a moratorium on executions in Washington state was announced in February 2014 by Governor Jay Inslee, it sparked a national debate about capital punishment. In a presentation that is designed to promote cultural change and influence policy, author and educator Dorothy Van Soest facilitates an interactive group dialogue about the death penalty. She demonstrates how the death penalty issue is multi-faceted by weaving together personal connections, scientific research, life experience and creative storytelling. She also shares stories of ordinary people facing extraordinary situations and how they have found the courage to transform themselves and the world around them.
Funded project of Humanities Washington. Humanities Washington is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization in Washington state and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.