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Teske To Serve As Panelist For PBS Screening Of Film

Feb. 22, 2011
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May

Raymond Teske

Raymond Teske Jr., professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, will serve as a panelist for the Houston PBS Community Cinema screening of “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Rice Cinema.

The film tells the story of a 16-year-old girl facing life in prison for murdering a man who solicited her for sex. Through her story, the film explores the issues of teen violence, the root causes and the way society deals with the issue.

The Community Cinema Series offers special sneak preview screenings of films scheduled for upcoming broadcast on the Emmy Award-wining PBS series “Independent Lens.”

All Community Cinema screenings feature panel discussions with leading community-based organizations, special guest speakers, information and resources, and other programming designed to help people learn about and get involved in some of today’s key social issues. The screenings take place at Rice Cinema, and the films themselves will be broadcast at later dates on Houston PBS/Channel 8.

Teske has been a professor at Sam Houston State University in the College of Criminal Justice since 1973, where he started courses in victimology, family violence, and child abuse and neglect.

He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He spent 1980-81 in Germany developing and carrying out the first large-scale victimization survey in the country. Since then he has returned to Germany regularly to work on research projects at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law. He lectures widely in both the United States and in European countries.

In 1995 he received Sam Houston State University’s Excellence in Research Award.

On occasion he has been an expert consultant or witness in cases involving women who have killed by an abusive live-in partner or husband.

Teske serves on two state committees — the State Child Fatality Review Team Committee, which oversees the review of all child fatalities in Texas and prepares an annual report for the Texas Legislature, and the Texas Child Safety Review Committee, which reviews the non-natural deaths (homicide and neglect) of children who are under the supervision of, or have been under the supervision of, Child Protective Services.

His current research interests include the short-term impact of executions on murders in Texas and spatial analysis of robbery and aggravated assault rates in Germany.


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