Splash Biography

JENN RICHBURG, Wannabe criminologist, passionate botanist

Major: History

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello all! My name is Jenn, and I am a current senior in Yale College majoring in the History of Politics and Law. My primary passion is criminology and punishment, but I also theoretically dabble in botany and environmental justice. I grew up in the gayest neighborhood in the East Coast (according to a high school teacher, don't quote me on this): Wilton Manors, Florida, or alternatively, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am also extremely committed to dark comedy, 70s rock, and sleeping in.

Past Classes

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H4774: A Shot of History: The Assassination of Political Figures in Splash Fall 2023 (Nov. 11, 2023)
This course will primarily focus on the background of 2 assassinations: Abraham Lincoln and Julius Caesar. Take a journey through history as we explore the events leading up to the very first presidential assassination in American history, and then we'll take a stab at Julius Caesar's death. There will be many many many puns.

H4681: The U.S. Prison System: Abolition or Reform? in Splash Spring 2023 (Apr. 01, 2023)
The combination of an atrocious mass incarceration rate and deteriorating prison conditions is unacceptable. We know this. But should the U.S. focus on prison abolition or reform? That is for you to decide. This course is going to look at the history of punishment as well as the U.S. prison system, then will conduct a close look at primarily the arguments of Angela Davis and Tommie Shelby, two prominent philosophers for their time. If time permits, an in depth look at the philosophy of punishment will be conducted.

H4595: Punishment & Justice in Splash Fall 2022 (Oct. 29, 2022)
Is punishment fundamental to society? Is punishment fundamental to a JUST society? What makes a society just? These are the questions I'd like to discuss in class. The relationship between punishment and justice is a complex one, and only through a deep dive in philosophy and, if we have time, history, can this be considered.