Vital Issues: Oregon Attorney General speaks in Ashland

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University will launch its Vital Issues Forum series with guest speaker John Kroger, Oregon’s newly elected Attorney General and author of “Convictions: A Federal Prosecutor’s Battles Against Mafia Killers, Drug Kingpins and Enron Executives.”

Kroger’s presentation will cover his experiences as a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn and his vision for Oregon’s Department of Justice.
Who is John Kroger?

From U.S. Marine, to policy advisor, to working on President Clinton’s election campaign, to prosecuting and convicting notorious criminals like the Columbo family crime boss and high-level Enron executives, Kroger brings a unique background to his new role as Oregon’s Attorney General.

“Convictions” provides an insider’s view of some of the most talked-about courtroom dramas of the last decade. Kroger details how he worked informants, extracted confessions, and placated hostile judges. “Convictions” also depicts the ethical dilemmas Kroger faced in utilizing deception and manipulation, as well as providing immunity to lower level criminals, in order to obtain guilty verdicts.
In his new position, Kroger promises to utilize his experience and strong sense of ethics in combating violent crime, defending the environment, protecting consumers from scams and identity theft, reforming drug prosecution and treatment, promoting a positive business climate, and ensuring civil rights.
Event Details

When: Sunday, May 3, 2009, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Rogue River Room, SOU Stevenson Union, 1050 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland (The most convenient parking lot is located on S. Mountain Ave.)

Cost: Free admission, but tickets are required since capacity audience of 450 expected

Tickets: Available at the OLLI office in the Campbell Center at 655 Frances Lane, Ashland, the front desk of the RCC-SOU Higher Education Center, 101 South Bartlett St,. Medford, or via ‘Will Call’ at 552-6048

A Q&A and book-signing will follow the presentation.

About SOU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI):

OLLI (formerly known as SOLIR) provides peer-to-peer learning for adults whose schedules permit attendance at daytime courses.  For the annual fee of $100, OLLI members may select an unlimited number of courses from among 60-70 offerings per quarter, September through June, space permitting, as well as attend social events and single-event educational programs. 

Classes cover a broad range of topics, including art, fitness, government, history, investing, literature, music, philosophy, science, technology, world affairs, and writing.  With no tests, grades or prerequisites, OLLI encourages learning, just of the fun of it, and allows for the connection of curious minds. 
Recent expansion of OLLI from the original Ashland campus to additional facilities at the Higher Education Center in Medford extends the convenience of membership in OLLI and attendance at public events such as these Community Forums for a greater portion of Rogue Valley residents.
For more information about OLLI or its public educational programs, call 552-6048, or email or visit

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