“Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town” by Jon Krakauer will be reviewed by Patricia Lacy at noon Wednesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave. in this month’s installment of the Random Review program.
American universities are currently struggling to find ways to prevent and deal with an epidemic of date rape on campus. Jon Krakauer, a Corvallis native and best-selling author, treats this subject in his thought-provoking latest book Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town.
Krakauer tells his story through several recent rape cases in Missoula, Montana. At issue in these cases was often whether or not the sex that took place was consensual. The author portrays the two independent avenues used for redress; the university disciplinary system and the criminal justice system.
The reviewer, Patricia Lacy, director of the Associated Students of OSU Office of Advocacy. She studied philosophy and theology at Mary Baldwin College and Yale University and law at the University of Oregon. In her position at OSU Lacy is responsible for providing advice and guidance to students who have a dispute within the university.
Her office provides policy advice and research for the ASOSU executive officers. Her special interests are conflict resolution and mediation. In her spare time Lacy enjoys cooking and hiking. She has three children and two grandchildren.
Up next: Next month’s program, on Dec. 9 Jo Alexander will review “Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,” a book on writing style and grammar by Mary Norris.