Description: The most common group associated with organized crime is the American mafia. Even more, the public understanding has been shaped stereotypically by film, literature, and media coverage. The FBI defines organized crime "any group having some manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money through illegal activities." This means that we need to examine more than just the mafia. This course will explore the organized crime groups in Philadelphia, their origins, their development, and the legal responses to combatting them. In addition, this course will analyze their relationships to society and other organized crime groups in the United States.
7 pm: Sean Griffin, PhD
"Philadelphia's Black Mafia: Learning from a Complicated and Controversial History"
9:15 am: Susan Macartney, PPD
"The Godfather Effect"
1 pm: Dave Schratwieser, five-time Emmy winner for investigative reporting, Fox 29 News Philadelphia
"The Philadelphia Mafia"
12 pm: Larry O'Neill
"Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs"
2 pm: Jose Valdes, PPD
"A Failed Nation: The Almighty Latin King Queen Nation"