HFU Presents Weekend Intensive about Organized Crime (Open to Public)

Holy Family University's School of Business Administration and Extended Learning is happy to announce the Weekend Intensive Course: "Organized Crime in America: The Philadelphia Story," scheduled for November 14-16, 2014. In recognition of the interest in the topic, the high profile of our speakers (including Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser), and our appreciation for our community, this course has been opened to the public. If you wish to attend, please send an email to Chris Quinn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is limited seating; so, please make a reservation for any or all of the guest speakers.


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.

Speaker Schedule:

Friday 11/14/14
7 pm: Sean Griffin, PhD
"Philadelphia's Black Mafia: Learning from a Complicated and Controversial History"

Saturday 11/15/14
9:15 am: Susan Macartney, PPD
"The Godfather Effect"

Keynote Speaker
1 pm: Dave Schratwieser, five-time Emmy winner for investigative reporting, Fox 29 News Philadelphia
"The Philadelphia Mafia"

Sunday 11/16/14
12 pm: Larry O'Neill
"Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs"

2 pm: Jose Valdes, PPD
"A Failed Nation: The Almighty Latin King Queen Nation"