Centre faculty and graduate students frequently appear in local and national newspapers. In addition to being consulted with for their expertise, many also use these outlets as a way of engaging the public in a dialogue about current debates over issues such as policing, sentencing, crime rates, punishment, security, and moral regulation.
The Centre hosts a lunchtime speaker series throughout the academic year as a way to expose our students to a variety of research styles, substantive issues, and theoretical perspectives in the fields of criminology and sociolegal studies. Each term, we invite about a half dozen scholars from nearby universities as well as more far-flung places to present work in progress or more polished papers. The talks are open to the public. In addition to the Speaker Series, the Centre hosts the annual Edward Memorial lecture in honour of the Centre’s founder, Professor John Ll. J. Edwards.
The Centre also publishes two newsletters a year. These publications serve as an update to life at the centre and include spotlight features on faculty, visiting scholars, current and recent graduates, junior fellows and undergraduate students.
Recently, the CRIMSA (the undergraduate criminology students’ association) has worked with Centre faculty to create the University’s first-ever journal devoted to publishing the work of undergraduate students – the University of Toronto Undergraduate Criminology Review.