What questions do you all have for the Petros? They are visiting us in class on Monday, and while they are here sort of as a book tour, they are also here because they are Denison alums. So it seems to me like we might want to think of our questions for them in three categories:
- What questions do you have for them as Denison alums? That is, they are a unique resource for you as people who are from and are still connected to Denison. What would you like to know about post-Denison life that they may be able to share with you?
- What questions do you have for Mr. Petro as a former elected law enforcement official? Again, Mr. Petro has a unique position to answer questions about the criminal justice system. He has prosecuted many many cases, but also has a clear sense that the justice system should pursue actual justice. What would you like to ask him? What about the legal system would you like his insight into?
- What questions do you have for them regarding what we’ve read thus far? While Mr. Petro has a fascinating perch from which to view the legal system, how might he view it differently than we in our short 6 weeks have come to?
Remember: if you are asking the Petros about texts we’ve read or discussions we’ve had in class, it would be helpful to provide them with context (whether that is a summary of the claims of an article or a quick review of what we discussed in class). It might also be helpful to offer some options in terms of an answer. For example, this isn’t a terribly fun question to get as a class visitor: “How can you participate in a criminal justice system that is structurally racist?” How might we ask a substantively direct question that points in that direction without accusing our visitors of being racists or perpetuating a system built on racial injustice?
Please post comments and questions for the Petros below!