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For Immediate Release: March 13, 2017

Megan Cassidy, Communications Associate
Wellesley Centers for Women
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The Social Impact of Wrongful Conviction

Wellesley College research scientist to explore the complicated repercussions felt by families of victims and the accused after a wrongful conviction.

Apr 6 2017

WELLESLEY, Mass. – In April of 1979, a sixteen year-old boy, was tried as an adult and convicted of killing a professor in New Orleans, LA. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and sent to the bloodiest prison in the country, Angola, to live out his days. Twelve years later his conviction was overturned due to prosecution misconduct. Amy Banks, M.D. will discuss her personal connection to this case in the presentation, “Fighting Time: Exploring the Social Impact of Wrongful Conviction,” on Thursday, April 6, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at Cheever House, 828 Washington St, Wellesley. The program is part of the spring Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College.

During the presentation Banks, who is the daughter of the professor killed in New Orleans, will lead attendees on an exploration of the complicated impact of wrongful conviction on the families of both the victim and the accused. She will weave into the discussion excerpts from her third book project, Fighting Time, a collaboration with Isaac Knapper, the man falsely accused of killing her father.

Amy Banks, M.D. has devoted her career to understanding the neurobiology of relationships. She is the director of advanced training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), a legacy project of WCW, and author of Four Ways to Click: Rewrite Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships. Banks was the first person to bring Relational-Cultural Theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. In addition to her work at JBMTI, she has a private practice in Lexington and was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The Lunchtime Seminar Series at WCW is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), and parking is available in the on-site lot. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit

For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be streamed live on the Wellesley Centers for Women Facebook page (@wcwonline). Recordings from past seminars are posted online at

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.


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