Violence is Contagious. Can Medicine Find a Cure?
Sponsored by Northwestern’s Medical Humanities & Bioethics program, and Center for Bioethics, Science & Society. Also the Donnelley Family Disability Ethics Program of the Rehab Institute of Chicago and the Erie Family Health Center, with a grant from the Greenwall Foundation.
Introduction by Kathryn Montgomery: “Narrative, research, and experience are being brought together at this conference to address the cycle of violence in Chicago.”
The Things they Carry: Violence & A City’s Health
keynote lecture by Alex Kotlowitz
Street shrines to the victims bloom like flowers. RIP is tattooed and scrawled all around.
Afaf, her son was murdered: “I see everything through this tragedy.” Survivors disappear into themselves, living lives of solitude & loneliness. Lack of community is a strong predictor of violence.
￼The Neurobiology of Violence
Darren Gitelman, MD
Tod Lending’s Legacy
Gary Slutkin, Cease Fire
Science of Epidemics – how things spread
1. Interrupt transmission – violence interruptors show up and “talk down” those who what retribution. Violence interruptors are people with credibility in the community served.
Broken Systems, a panel discussion
Michelle Gittler, Schwab Rehab Hospital
Marie Crandall, Northwestern Dept. of Surgery & Preventative Medicine
Why Haven’t We Fixed This Yet? A Panel Discussion
Sokoni Karanja: New Horizons “We must create believers that change is possible.”
Susan Johnson: Minister, “We didn’t have a story until the media told us what it was.”
Zale Haddenback, Violence Interruptor, Cease Fire: “I have a PhD in gangology.”