College Lecture Series Features Law Professor Timothy Lytton on Clergy Abuse Issue

September 30, 2010

Albany Law School Professor Timothy Lytton, the author of Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse, spoke about this topic at Southern Vermont College on Monday, October 4. Part of the College’s themed series, Citizenship through Empowerment, Lytton’s lecture was held in the Everett Theatre and was free and open to the public. A reception followed in the Burgdorff Gallery; copies of the book were available for purchase and for signing.

Lytton, an award-winning teacher and the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law, is also the editor of Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle of the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts. In Holding Bishops Accountable, Lytton documents how church and government policymakers responded to the problem of clergy sexual abuse as a result of private lawsuits. Available in English and Spanish, Lytton’s published works include many articles on torts, administrative laws, conflict resolution and jurisprudence.

The lecture series continues on February 10, 2011, with Paul Solomon, Professor of Psychology at Williams College and Clinical Director of the Memory Clinic. Solomon’s address is entitled Saving Six Million Minds: Recent Developments in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The lecture series will conclude on Tuesday, March 22, with Alexandria Peary, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Author of Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (2008) and the forthcoming Lid to the Shadow (2011), Peary’s address is entitled Peter Elbow, Walter Ong and Dorothy Sarnoff: A Discussion of Inner and Outer Rhetoric.

For more information on the lecture series, contact the Office of Communications at 802-447-6388 or e-mail