An expert on political and moral philosophy will speak Thursday at the College of St. Scholastica.

Erin Kelly, a Rochester, Minn., native and professor at Tufts University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on the fundamentals of justice and morality and the justification for punishment or reward, according to a St. Scholastica news release. The talk is part of the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice Lecture Series.

Kelly, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, is the author of the 2018 book "The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility."

The event at Mitchell Auditorium is free and open to the public.

The theme of the this year's lecture series is "… And Justice for All." Discussions will include analysis of American culture and how it addresses questions about justice, according to the release.

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Future presentations include:

  • “Transforming Crime and Punishment” with William Kelly on Thursday, Nov. 5. Kelly is an author and legal consultant who will discuss the U.S. criminal justice system and what could be done to transform it.

  • “The Power of Restorative Justice” with Lara Bazelon on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Bazelon will focus on changes to make the justice system kinder and more ethically sound.

  • “Justice, Reconciliation and the Gifts of Nature” with Jamie Harvie on Tuesday, March 3. Harvie is executive director of the Institute for a Sustainable Future and will discuss the intersections between the legal system and the ecosystem.

  • “Life and Freedom on Death Row” with Anthony Ray Hinton on Thursday, March 26. Hinton was held on death row for nearly 30 years on a wrongful conviction. He will about his time in legal limbo.