Organized Crime Summit

About the Young Scholars Social Science Summits

March 19, 2004
9th floor, APA building
750 First Street , NE
Washington DC, 20002-4242

The Esther Katz Rosen Center for Gifted Education Policy (CGEP), sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation, started a new initiative addressing the needs of high school students who are deeply interested in social science disciplines and have already demonstrated outstanding abilities in these areas. CGEP has hosted several meetings with representatives from various social science disciplines and local educators in preparation for the event.


  • To increase students' existing interests in the social sciences

  • To serve students who have a deep interest in the social sciences and have already demonstrated high ability, experience and motivation

  • To show gifted students how the different social sciences approach a phenomenon

  • To offer a selective program for students and teachers who are seeking intellectual stimulation in the social sciences

  • To encourage dialogue and collaboration among eminent scholars, teachers and high school students

Plan for Summit

This one-day event was based on scholarly investigation on the topic of organized crime, a subject of mutual interest to social scientists and adolescents. We invited eminent scholars from each of the participating organizations to address the topic of organized crime in a panel format in order to demonstrate to high school students the various ways in which each of the social sciences contributes to solving important human problems. The summit involved 20 Washington, D.C., area high school social science teachers selected by the discipline-based organizations participating in the project. These teachers, in turn, selected four students who have demonstrated deep interest and exceptional ability in the social sciences. Each student reviewed articles submitted by the scholars and generated questions for the panel of experts. The afternoon was devoted to break-out sessions that allow for followup discussion with invited scholars and information gathering about resources and competitions in the social sciences.

  • Jay S. Albanese, PhD, chief, The International Center, National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Washington, D.C. NIJ is the research, evaluation and development arm of the U.S Department of Justice. A fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justices Sciences (ACJS), he is on leave from his position as a professor in the School of Government and & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University where he received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Sears Foundation and was named the Elske Smith distinguished Lecturer in the College of Humanities & Sciences.

  • Louise Shelly, PhD, founder and director of the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). Dr. Shelly is a leading United States expert on organized crime and corruption in the former Soviet Union. A recipient of Guggenheim, NED and Kennan Institute grants and a MacArthur Foundation grant, she was the 1992 Scholar-Teacher of the year at American University.

  • Phil Canter, chief statistician, Baltimore County Police Department. Mr Canter has extensive experience concerning spatial analysis methods. He has received national recognition for groundbreaking efforts in the establishment of interagency and multijurisdictional, geographic crime analysis databases and the development of software tools for geographic crime analysis.