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Galardi, Nevitt Present Work at Missouri Crime Conference


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) faculty members Dr. James Nevitt, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Greg Galardi, assistant professor of criminal justice, recently presented their work at the University of Central Missouri’s Crime and Popular Culture Conference in Warrensburg.


The conference focused on interdisciplinary and contemporary approaches to research and teaching activities related to criminal activity, the media and popular culture. National experts in cultural criminology, media research, gang research and narcotics research were in attendance.


Nevitt, who instructs the popular PSC course series Analysis of Evil I and II, presented “Student and Instructor Creative Collaboration: Using Your Own Graphic Novel to Teach an Honors Course about Serial Murder.” The courses focus on the psychology of evil in serial murder and cult activity, as well as criminalistics techniques involved in crime scene investigation. Nevitt reported his findings regarding instructor creation and student perception of the course.


Galardi presented “CSI Peru: Student Perceptions Regarding Crime Scene Investigation.” Galardi instructs a criminalistics course each spring that focuses on the legal, scientific and practical aspect of crime scene investigations. He reported his findings regarding perceptions of assessment, course content and student career aspirations in the criminalistics field.