Lindesmith Center Seminar Series, Autumn 1999 8/20/99

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Wednesday, 9/9, 11:00am-1:00pm (*lunch briefing, note time)
Opiate Overdose Deaths: Lessons from Australia
Wayne D. Hall, PhD, executive director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Center, University of New South Wales, analyzes recent trends in opiate overdose fatalities in Australia. Hall, professor of alcohol and drug studies, explores a range of initiatives for reducing death rates.

Thursday, 10/7, 4:00-6:00pm
The War on Drugs: From Jim Crow to Mary Jane
Graham Boyd, JD, director, American Civil Liberties Union National Drug Policy Litigation Project, Reginald T. Shuford, JD, staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union, and Esmerelda Simmons, JD, director, Center for Law and Public Policy, Medgar Evers College, survey racial disparities arising from drug prohibition. Boyd provides an historical overview of the impact of drug prohibition on African-Americans. Shuford analyzes the issues of "driving while black" and racial profiling. Simmons examines the Rockefeller drug laws, with particular attention to the effects of mandatory sentencing upon African-Americans in New York.

Thursday, 10/21, 4:00-6:00pm
Drug Policy Reform 2000: Opportunities and Challenges
Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD, director, The Lindesmith Center, examines recent drug policy developments in the United States and abroad, focusing on there implications for overall drug policy reform strategy.

Tuesday, 11/2, 4:00-6:00pm
Preventing and Managing Binge Drinking in College Students: A Harm Reduction Approach
G. Alan Marlatt, PhD, professor of psychology and director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, University of Washington in Seattle, analyzes trends in alcohol consumption among college students, based on research funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Marlatt, editor of Harm Reduction: Pragmatic Strategies for Managing High Risk Behaviors (Guilford Press, 1998), offers techniques for managing and preventing alcohol-related harms.

Thursday, 11/18, 4:00-6:00pm
The "Pharmaceuticalization" of Marijuana
Lester Grinspoon, MD, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, examines the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report on medical marijuana. Grinspoon, co-author of Marijuana, the Forbidden Medicine (revised edition, Yale University Press, 1997), critiques efforts to equate marijuana with pharmaceutical drugs.

Seminars are held at the Open Society Institute, New York, NY, 400 West 59th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). Please RSVP to The Lindesmith Center at (212) 548-0695, fax: (212) 548-4670, [email protected].

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