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Critical Thinking in Death Scene Investigation
CRJM 490  |  JAN 10-15 2022

 

Critical Thinking in Death Scene Investigation
 

The groundbreaking Winterim course called Critical Thinking in Death Scene Investigation is back! The course, offered by the Criminal Justice Department, is a collaborative concept created by Dr. Jana-Marie Truesdell, PHD, College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies Dean Peggy James, and the Theatre Department.

Centered around Francis Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths, this course seeks to challenge your investigative skills through critical thinking and attention to detail. To this end, each day of the week will focus on one of the five manners of death (natural, accidental, suicide, homicide, and undetermined), with lecture-style presentations from local experts in the morning. You will work in groups, with the “Nutshells” themselves in the afternoon.

Topics will include forensic history and touchstone cases, body examination and signs of death, autopsy and pathology, overdose deaths, accidental deaths, blood pattern analysis, trauma analysis, poisons, fatal fire analysis, SUIDI deaths, and the importance of thorough investigation in the context of the courtroom. A “life-sized” recreation of one of the “Nutshells” will then be presented for you to put your skills to the test on the final day of class. While rigorous, this course is meant to be an introduction to both the theory and practice of death scene investigation and will benefit both beginners and professionals alike.

The plan is to offer the Critical Thinking in Death Scene Investigation course each Winterim, offering a different life-size diorama each time. For more information about the course please contact Dr. Truesdell at truesdej@uwp.edu.

2019 TRUTH IN A NUTSHELL INFORMATION

COMMUNITY VISIT DAY

Sun Jan 16  |  2-3:30 PM

Black Box Theatre, The Rita

Centered around Francis Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deaths, guests are invited to walk through the life size nutshell and learn from professionals in the industry.
UW-Parkside will also welcome guest speaker Bruce Goldfarb, curator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.  This event is connected to the 2021 Winterim course CRMJ 490 Truth in a Nutshell offered by Dr. Jana-Marie Truesdell.

FREE EVENT!

 

REGISTRATION

 



HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

You are invited to visit the Truth in a Nutshell live size diorama, and meet with the team who created this innovative course on death scene investigation. 

FRI JAN 21  |  1-4 PM  |  BLACKBOX THEATRE

AGENDA

  • Welcome and Introduction to the Nutshell Series
  • Walk through of the life-size Nutshell diorama
  • Discussion of observations
  • Careers in criminal justice
  • Admissions presentation
  • Optional short tour

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MEDICOLEGAL PROFESSIONALS

Noncredit Professional Development

Police officers can participate in the course (as noncredit students) to earn certification credits approved through supervisors.

Medical examiners can participate in the course (as noncredit students) to earn 40 ABMDI credits for the weeklong course.

If you are a police officer or medical examiner, you may register here.

COLLABORATIVE TEAM

Dr. Jana-Marie Truesdell, PHD (Cultural and Social Anthropology with an emphasis in Forensic Anthropology). She has over eight years of experience in this field working in conjunction with various Medical Examiner’s offices in SE Wisconsin. Her experience and passion for this area of study has been instrumental in her sensemaking for this one-of-a-kind course.

UW-Parkside Theater department members who lead the design and creation of the scene are set designers Nate Stamper and Josh Christofferson. 

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