A Celebration of Excellence in Applied Academics featuring “The Three Sleuths”
Saturday, June 15
6 - 9 p.m.
Duquesne Union Ballroom
Join us for an evening of drinks, hors d'oeuvres and enlightening entertainment as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Bayer School of Natural and Environment Sciences, featuring a presentation by The Three Sleuths
Originally produced in 2012, The Three Sleuths is an interactive educational experience built around many of the world's most fascinating crimes and forensic scientific mysteries. Be here as world-renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht dissects the JFK assassination, famed criminalist Dr. Henry Lee investigates the O.J. Simpson case, and "attorney to the stars" Mark Geragos discusses the deaths of Laci Peterson, Michael Jackson and Caylee Anthony. Using dramatic multi-media visuals, each of our experts will present a fascinating set of criminal cases and the often-intriguing facts behind them before engaging in a spirited volley of interpretations among longtime colleagues and friends. An extended audience Q&A session and book signings will conclude a night of mystery at the intersection of forensics science and the law.
A separate opportunity to meet and greet the "sleuths" over cocktails and hearty hors d'oeuvres in a more intimate setting will directly precede the main event.
The mission of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is to provide students with a high-quality education in the natural sciences, and to advance scientific knowledge and improve society through teaching, research and engagement, thus contributing to Duquesne University's mission of serving God by serving students. The Bayer School has a tradition of looking forward, reaching out and giving back by supporting initiatives on campus, throughout the region and globally. Graduates are charged with transforming today's complex, changing world into opportunities for current and future generations, and serving others through a commitment to service learning, community engagement and education.
Founded at Duquesne University in 2001, the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law is an internationally acclaimed center for professional education and training on a broad array of topics affecting the practice of forensic science today. Through its global network of practitioner and scholar experts and its collaborations with the university's schools of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Law and Nursing, among other entities, the Institute offers an Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium; a quarterly professional education series, Forensic Fridays; an Ethics CLE series, Ethics and Eats; and periodic training workshops for targeted audiences. For more information, visit duq.edu/forensics
Meet the 3 Sleuths
Known as "the celebrity lawyer," Mark Geragos's clients have included Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Gary Condit, Susan McDougal and Scott Peterson. He represented suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield; the Dhaliwals, brothers injured after a tiger escaped from the San Francisco Zoo; and Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to the assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. He also assisted the family of David Carradine following his accidental death and, most recently, helmed Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL, which was confidentially settled earlier this year. Mr. Geragos earned his bachelor's degree from Haverford College in 1979, double-majoring in anthropology and sociology, and his juris doctorate from Loyola Law School at the Loyola Marymount University in 1982.
As an expert witness for O.J. Simpson's "Dream Team," Dr. Henry Lee helped bring forensic DNA analysis and the pitfalls of sloppy police work to the attention of the world. As an original investigator into the death of JonBenet Ramsey, his efforts to coax critical pieces of evidence from another poorly handled crime scene have raised intriguing questions about the identity of the perpetrators. And through his meticulous reconstruction of the death of Vincent Foster, President Clinton's deputy counsel, he survived the political fray to sort facts from fictions. A native of China, Dr. Lee graduated from Taiwan's Central Police College with a degree in Police Science. After coming to the U.S. in 1972, he earned a B.S. in forensic science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from New York University in 1975.
Institute founder and namesake Dr. Cyril Wecht is a forensic pathology consultant, author and lecturer who served the people of Allegheny County as their elected coroner for 20 years. An early critic of the Warren Report, he became the first non-governmental pathologist to gain access to evidentiary materials in the assassination, a witness to two Congressional investigations and a consultant to Oliver Stone on the making of JFK. Other famous cases in his portfolio include Elvis Presley, Sunny von Bülow, the Branch Davidian incident, the RFK assassination and Marilyn Monroe. After growing up on the bluff at the current site of Mercy Hospital, Dr. Wecht earned a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952, his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1956, an LL.B. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1962, and his juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Registration Deadline: Monday, June 10th
3 Sleuths Event
Cocktail Hour - 6:00-7:00 PM
Celebration - 7:00-9:00 PM
Duquesne University Student Union, Ballroom
Cost: $100 advance/$125 at event
Meet The Sleuths Reception
Duquesne University Student Union, Africa Room
Cost: $250 (includes admission to 3 Sleuths event)
Space for the Meet-and-Greet Reception is limited. REGISTER NOW to ensure your space.