What Kind Of Person Tortures Another Human Being?

02/04/10 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll hear from an author who is an expert on torture.

Through his reporting and writing, author John Conroy examines how ordinary people put into extraordinary circumstances can become torturers or silent witnesses to torture. He has explored the topic in two books and numerous articles. His latest work, a two-act play based on the Chicago police torture scandal he uncovered, was recently written about in the New York Times.

Conroy will give a talk called “How to Make a Torturer,” this coming Monday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg.

Event Location: Steidinger Auditorium at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 8th Ave SE. For more information, call 873-4872.

John Conroy is best known for his two books (Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture and Belfast Diary: War as a Way of Life) and for his extensive and ground-breaking coverage of the Chicago police torture scandal, which involved more than 100 victims. Conroy’s articles were cited in cases argued before the Illinois Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals and ultimately helped to free four men who had been resident on death row in Illinois.

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