Press release: GRCC symposium tackles gun violence in America

Contact: Kathy Mullins

Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

(616) 234-3908

February 5, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. -- Faculty from Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology, Social Sciences, and Criminal Justice departments have assembled a three-day symposium that will take on the many-faceted topic of gun violence.

The Stewart Edward White Hall Symposium on Contemporary Issues will present free sessions — open to the public — from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 11, 12 and 13 in the multipurpose room (room 108) of Sneden Hall, 143 Bostwick NE, on the DeVos Campus.

Here’s the schedule:

February 11 — Psychological research on aggression, cultural norms, video games, guns, mental health, and the media. This session will include refreshments and an opportunity for community dialogue after the presentation.

February 12 — The historical, economic, and cultural perspectives surrounding the current debate on the Second Amendment.

February 13 — A criminal justice perspective on prevention, safety, and workers in the field as well as how to deal with perpetrators after the event, including sanctions and the reaction of law enforcement.

Gun Symposium contact list:

  • Dr. Frank Conner, Psychology Department Head, or (616) 234-3612.
  • Mike Light, Social Sciences Department Head (History, Economics, and Culture), or (616) 234-4298.
  • Nikki Banks, LCSW, Criminal Justice Department Head, or (616) 234-4109.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.