Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lecture: "Preventing violence: Critiques of the criminal justice system"

Preventing Violence: Critiques of the Criminal Justice System

Dr. James Gilligan, Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and Social Policy

March 11, 2009
Lecture & Dinner
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Founders Room,
McConnell Center, Pitzer College

To RSVP and for more information, contact CCCSI at 909.607.8183 or

This lecture is part of the Changemakers Spring 2009 Speaker Series. Changemakers is a CCCSI program to promote social responsibility and community engagement through scholarship, action and advocacy.

Dr. James Gilligan is a visiting professor of psychiatry and social policy at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching on the causes and prevention of violence. Gilligan explores the causes and prevention of the human propensity to engage in violent behavior, from individual (homicide and suicide) to collective (war, terrorism and genocide). Gilligan's unique approach reframes violence not as a moral and legal problem but as a bio-psycho-social problem in public health and preventive medicine. Violence, from this perspective is seen as a form of lethal and life-threatening pathology that threatens the survival of the human species. Gilligan is president of the Center for the Study of Violence and a distinguished visiting scholar and adjunct professor at New York University, faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and a visiting fellow at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, England. He is the author of Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic and Preventing Violence: An Agenda for the Coming Century.

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