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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

A panel discusses *Two Towns of Jasper*, a documentary film that explores race relations in the town where James Byrd, Jr., an African American resident, was brutally dragged to death in 1998. *Two Towns of Jasper* is a collaborative effort between a black and a white filmmaker, using segregated crews, to document the town of Jasper during the trials of the three men charged with the murder. "The documentary is not so much about the murder of James Byrd Jr., as is it about two perspectives on the murder," according to co-producer Dow. "Listening to the black and white communities of Jasper talk about the crime turned out to be a pretty startling revelation about the depth of the division that exists between black and white Americans."

Robin Chandler has worked in the media of collage, photography, computerized imaging and creative writing for more than 20 years. Her work appears in numerous public and private collections in the US, the Middle East, India, Australia and Southern Africa. Chandler has been the Director of the Women's Studies Program at Northeastern University since 2004, and is a Fulbright scholar and a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient.
Jack Levin, PhD, is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict and teaches courses in the sociology of violence and hate. He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including *Mass Murder: America's Growing Menace, Why We Hate, The Functions of Prejudice, Hate Crimes Revisited, The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, Domestic Terrorism, Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers Up Close and Personal*, and *The Violence of Hate*. Dr. Levin has published more than 150 articles in professional journals and newspapers, such as *The New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post*, and *USA Today*. He appears frequently on national television programs, including *48 Hours, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, The O'Reilly Factor, Larry King Live*, and all network newscasts. Dr. Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its Professor of the Year. He has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.