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Symposium: Gun Violence in Black America

Symposium: Gun Violence in Black America
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: May 11th, 8:45 am End: May 11th, 1:00 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Caribbean, African, 2000-

The Munk School of Global Affairs presents

Symposium: Gun Violence in Black America

Thursday, May 11th, 8:45 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:45 am.

The United States is currently experiencing a rise in firearm related deaths and injuries. In 2015, the CDC reported that there were 15,809 homicides in the US. 10,945 of these homicides (roughly 70%) were committed with firearms. These numbers represent a rise from previous years, and also conceal the thousands of non-fatally injured each year. In fact, similar data from the CDC estimates that only about 1 in 5 shootings are fatal. This means that approximately 80% of all gunshot victims are non-fatal. Additionally, we know that these patterns of violence are not evenly distributed across the U.S. population. A robust field of gun violence research shows that the burden of gun violence is felt within urban poor, Black communities across the United States. Homicide is the leading cause of death for young Black men between the age of 15-24; and Black men comprise roughly 50% of the total number of gun deaths, even though they only make up 6% of the U.S. population. The purpose of this one-day symposium will be to investigate key questions around the gun violence epidemic and its impacts on urban Black communities in the U.S.

Panel 1: New Mechanisms – Gun Violence and Social Media
Desmond Patton, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University
“Innovating Gang Violence Prevention with Qualitative Analysis and Natural Language Processing Tools”

Panel 2: New Responses – Evolving Emergency and Trauma Care for Gunshot Victims
Joseph Richardson, Jr., Associate Professor, African American Studies, University of Maryland
“Invisible Wounds: Violence, Trauma and Healing Young Black Men”

Moderator: Jooyoung Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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