'Through a Convict's Eyes' author to kick off Shenango faculty lecture series

Penn State Shenango will begin its 2015-16 Faculty Lecture Series with Lavarr McBride who teaches for the Penn State Shenango, Beaver, and New Kensington campuses in their administration of justice programs. McBride will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Sharon Hall, room 105 located on Penn Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pennsylvania. The title of his lecture is “Through a Crime Victim’s Eyes: Helping Them Find a New Normal.” The event is free and open to the public.

McBride teaches courses on serial murderers, violence in America, women and crime, drugs and crime, victimology, and courts and prosecution. He has a master of science in sociology and economics from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. His expertise is in transitional programming for criminal offenders, mediation, and working with victims of violent crime.

Now retired, McBride spent many years as an undercover drug officer, state and federal probation officer, and prison guard working on death row and medium security. He is the author of “Through a Convict’s Eyes: An Overlooked View of the Criminal Justice System" and is currently the host of the Beaver County Times’ online program, “Cold Case Beaver County."

McBride, who also taught at Weber State University in Utah, received the Outstanding Faculty Award and the Compassionate Man of the Year Award, during his tenure.

For more information, contact the Penn State Shenango Academic Affairs Office at 724-983-2825.