Leigh Buchanan Bienen: Works

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Publications: Press

YearTitleAuthorPublisherIssueDescription
2024Leigh Bienen’s digital projects are lenses for viewing extraordinary periods in our pastNorthwestern News StaffNorthwestern NowJanuary 19, 2024Writer, advocate and teacher Leigh Bienen’s digital projects are lenses for viewing extraordinary periods in our past.
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2020Legal scholar’s new website offers a picture of the criminal justice systemHilary Hurd AnyasoNorthwestern NowMay 29, 2020Using a small subset of death-eligible murder cases, a new database launched by a Northwestern Pritzker School of Law professor offers a glimpse into the criminal justice system – more specifically the Circuit Court of Cook County pretrial detention system in the first six months of 2003 – and the bureaucracy surrounding them.
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2017Leigh Bienen and the Lookingglass TheatreN/ALookingglass Theater2017Her work has been generously supported by The Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Foundation, The McCormick Tribune Foundation, and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. In 2009 she published an empirical study of the cost of capital punishment in Illinois which played a role in the abolition of the death penalty in Illinois.
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2016Leigh Bienen: a career from fiction writing to capital punishmentJoe PopelyNorthwestern NowNov 3, 2016Podcast with the author, researcher and reformer who opens up about her winding, impactful career.
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2008Leigh B. Bienen and Florence KelleyN/AThe New Historia2008Leigh B. Bienen is a Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law and a criminal defense attorney whose areas of expertise include capital punishment, sex crimes, and rape reform legislation.
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2007Rescued From Obscurity: 11,439 Stories of Life and Death in ChicagoDavid ThigpenChicago TribuneJan 21, 2007In the summer of 1998, researcher Leigh Buchanan Bienen spotted an article by Tribune reporter Charles Madigan describing the volumes and their contents: detailed records of every murder in the city between 1870 and 1930, and thus began a 6-year odyssey transforming the handwritten records into a dataset, then a robust interactive database-centric website containing the murder chronicles and a staggering amount of other data.
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2005Leigh Bienen Shares View of 'The Gates'Leigh BienenNorthwestern NowMar 1, 2005Leigh Bienen, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, was in New York City in February to be a monitor for the installation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates." Here is her diary of her days there. This diary originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
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2005A diary: New York City just wild about saffronLeigh BienenChicago TribuneFeb 18, 2005Leigh Bienen, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law, was in New York City this week to be a montior for the installation of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "The Gates." Here is her diary of her days there.
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2004Good old days? Not for killings - Homicide rate for 1930 nearly same as last year'sFrank MainChicago Sun-TimesJune 8, 2004Chicago Tribune article announcing the launch of Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930 website, which received ~70k visits, and notes that the violence in the city now was about the same as then.
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2001Wives do things!Nara SchoenbergChicago TribuneJun 13, 2001She's the spouse of a university president, but Leigh Buchanan Bienen is also a lawyer, professor and prize-winning short story writer.
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1998Crime Chicago StyleCharles M. Madigan and Tribune Staff WriterChicago TribuneAug 19, 1998After decades in the recesses of the of the Chicago Police Department at at 11th and State, the handwritten record of 11,000 Chicago murders from 1870-1930 were turned over to the Illinois State Archives. This article recounts the astonishment of Dottie Hopkins, archivist, as she salvaged the books; and also came to the attention of Leigh Beinen, beginning the transformation of the record into the website that has logged over 1.5 million visits since its launch in 2004.
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1996Study: Pollution worries women moreJon VanChicago TribuneFeb 12, 1996A discussion of pollution laws extends into changing attitudes of the relationship between men and women, including the use of capital punishment in the United States.
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