Professor To Speak On Crime & Justice In Suburbia

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RAHWAY – Bergen Community College history professor Philip Dolce will present “Crime and Justice in Suburbia: The Motion Picture Version” on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. The free lecture will be held at Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street in Rahway.

This presentation focuses on types of crimes that motion pictures depict in American suburbs and the various punishments meted out for these crimes. Issues of class, race, and gender are discussed. The role of suburban law enforcement, as portrayed by motion pictures, will also be presented.


“Crime and Justice in Suburbia: The Motion Picture Version” is being presented in conjunction with CRIME STORY, an exhibition of artwork inspired by crime at Arts Guild New Jersey. The exhibition opens on May 1 and runs through June 2. CRIME STORY is free to the public and open during gallery hours (Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 p.m.) and during office hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Dolce is Chair of the Social and Behavioral Science Department at Bergen Community College and Suburban Studies Group from which he received a Bellwether National Finalist Award for the “Suburban Project: Creating an Institutional Focus for the Entire College” and the National Education Association’s National Award for Teaching for the project, “Teaching the Importance of Place in the World of Virtual Reality.” Dolce has created and produced many television series for CBS, NBC, ABC, and cable television companies including the CBS series, Suburbia: The Promised Land and Metropolitan America, and the NBC series The American Suburbs. He has edited or co-edited a number of books including The Power and the Presidency, Cities in Transition, and Suburbia: the American Dream and Dilemma as well as having authored numerous articles.

The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on the lecture, or to reserve an assistive listening device, call 1-732-381-7511 or email

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