Center for Louisiana Studies announces Gun Violence in Louisiana symposium free event

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies (CLS) announces “Gun Violence in Louisiana: A Symposium,” on Monday, September 28, 2015. The free day-long event will be at the UL Lafayette Alumni Center, 600 E. St. Mary Blvd. in Lafayette, LA. The community is invited to attend. Seating is limited and reservations must be made at gunviolenceinlouisiana.eventbrite.com.

The program features scholars in a variety of fields from universities and colleges across Louisiana. Topics to be discussed include Gender and Gun Violence, Gun Violence from Mental Health and Human Rights Perspectives, Race and Gun Violence, and Gun Violence in Historical and Public Health Contexts. Concurrently, John Richie will be showing his film Shell Shocked and clips from his upcoming 91%. The full program is listed below.

CLS Director Michael S. Martin states, “In keeping with the educational mission of the Center for Louisiana Studies and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, this symposium will focus first and foremost on providing information that can be used to frame reasonable discussions on what clearly is one of the most significant problems our state faces today. No one, no matter what their stance on the gun control debate, can deny that gun violence is taking the lives of far too many Louisianians.”

The full program:

Introductions:  9-9:15 am

Session 1:  Gender and Gun Violence (9:30-10:30) Liz Skilton, Dept. of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ami Stearns, Dept. of Criminal Justice, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Moderator: Sara Ritchey, Dept. of History, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Film Showing (10-11): Shell Shocked film directed by John Richie

Session 2:  Gun Violence, Human Rights, and Mental Health (10:45-11:45) Geoff Dancy, Dept. of Political Science, Tulane University Amy Brown, Dept. of Psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Moderator: Chase Edwards, School of Business, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

LUNCH:  11:45-1

Session 3: Race and Gun Violence (1:00-2:00) Rob Hanser, Dept. of Criminal Justice, University of Louisiana at Monroe Fred Jones, Division of Human Behavior, Louisiana College
Moderator: Lebra Bias, Southern University Law Center

Film Clips (1:30-2:30): 91% film directed by John Richie

Session 4: The Historical and Public Health Context of Gun Violence (2:15-3:15) Sam Hyde, Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University Peter Scharf, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University
Moderator: Pearson Cross, College of Liberal Arts, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Keynote (3:30-4:30)
Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré, U.S. Army (ret.)

For more information about this event, the Center for Louisiana Studies and its many other activities, please visit our website, http://louisianastudies.louisiana.edu, call 337.482.6027, or email clspresents@louisiana.edu.

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