Mike Farrell to Discuss ?The Death Penalty in the 21st Century?

Mike Farrell to Discuss ?The Death Penalty in the 21st Century?
Mike Farrell discusses “The Death Penalty in the 21st Century” at Cal Poly Pomona.

Actor and activist Mike Farrell will discuss ?The Death Penalty in the 21st Century,? on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m., in the CLA Building, Room P2-7. He is president of Death Penalty Focus of California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through grassroots organizing, research and the dissemination of information on death penalty alternatives.

Farrell?s visit is part of Cal Poly Pomona?s free Campus Forum series, which brings speakers to discuss topics of current and pertinent interest to the campus community.

Farrell is best known for his portrayal of wise-cracking army surgeon B.J. Hunnicutt in the popular TV-series ?M*A*S*H*.? During the eight years (1975-1983) Farrell starred in the landmark military series, he wrote and directed several episodes that earned him nominations for the Director?s Guild and Emmy Awards.

He also stared as architect Scott Banning on the NBC daytime soap opera ?Days of Our Lives? (1968), and most recently as veterinarian Jim Hansen on NBC?s ?Providence.?

Farrell and partner Marvin Minoff formed Farrell/Minoff Productions and went on to produce such films as ?Dominick and Eugene? and ?Patch Adams.?

The 64-year-old actor, writer, producer and director is first vice president of the Screen Actor?s Guild and president of Family Motion Pictures.

A dedicated political and social activist, Farrell has served more than two decades as a spokesman for CONCERN/America, an international refugee aid and development organization. Through this organization, he has visited refugee camps in Asia and Central America and helped disseminate information about the organization?s work worldwide. Farrell also serves as co-chair of Human Rights Watch in California, Good Will Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and as a member of the California State Commission on Judicial Performance.

A life-long opponent of the death penalty, Farrell believes that an appropriate alternative is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole and is a regular lecturer across the country.

The Campus Forum featuring Farrell, sponsored by the California Faculty Association (CFA) and the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS), can also be viewed online at video.cpp.edu.

For more information on the Campus Forum series, Saul Landau, director of digital media and international outreach programs for CLASS, at (909) 869-3115.