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October 24, 2012

Frank R. Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Since 1996, the annual number of death sentences in the United States has declined from over 300 to fewer than 100 in 2011. In North Carolina, no executions have taken place for over six years and are unlikely to resume in the near future as litigation under the Racial Justice Act awaits final judicial rulings. Several states have passed legislation to abolish the death penalty. This lecture will review the arguments of pro- and anti-death penalty advocates while it attempts to answer the question: why has the death penalty been in decline?

TIME: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.


All Humanities in Action events take place at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events.

Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to Foster’s Market and Flying Burrito

Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 10-5
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