Remembering Kitty Genovese: A Public Forum at Fordham University, March 9th




Kitty Genovese in her 1961 mugshot via

A public forum remembering Kitty Genovese 60 years later will be held on Saturday, March 9th at Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, NYC.

The event will look back at the tragedy in New York on March 13, 1964, when young Kitty was murdered near her home while many unhelpful neighbors said “I just did not want to get involved.” In this forum, Kitty’s family is joined by several experts to review and celebrate the life of Ms. Genovese, and how deeply this 1964 tragedy impacted western society. This is a free Event open to the public.

Here is the schedule of events:

 1 pm: Welcome: Harold Takooshian, Joseph F. DeMay, Josh Genovese 

The tragedy: What happened in 1964? 

Kevin Cook, author, Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America (2014). 

Marcia M. Gallo, author, No one helped: Kitty Genovese, the 38 witnesses, and the myth of urban apathy (2014). 

Janine M. Abel, concerned New Yorker,  LuLu LoLo, playwright/actor, performance artist, and activist Josh Genovese, Kitty’s nephew 

2 pm: The aftermath: What has happened since 1964? 

Andrew Karmen, author, Crime victims: An introduction to victimology (10 ed., 2019) 

Harold Takooshian, Fordham University 

Curtis Sliwa & Keiji Oda, The Alliance of Guardian Angels 

Allison Evans & Zoë Huml, The Heroic Imagination Project 

3 pm: Community discussion 

Benediction: Rev. Mwamba Daniel Mutale, SJ 

Can’t make it to the Event? Join the webinar Here. This is a public forum, free and open to the community.

Read more about the murder of Kitty Genovese Here.

  • A note of Thanks to artist LuLu LoLo for the heads-up on this very thoughtful event.