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Confronting Violence

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015 through
    Friday, April 10, 2015
    11:30 PM–9:30 PM ET
  • Knafel Center
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

Violence seems inescapable, but does it have to be?

“Confronting Violence,” a conference at the Radcliffe Institute, will explore how activism and cultural change can affect public policy and reduce violence.

The program, which includes considerations of gender, begins with an artistic event and discussion that features hip-hop music on the evening of Thursday, April 9, 2015, and continues with a full day of presentations and discussions on April 10, 2015. On Friday policy makers, journalists, culture critics, digital media experts, activists, military leaders, victim advocates, attorneys, and academics will explore entrenched challenges, identify successful models of activism, and illuminate ways to confront—and overcome—violence.

This event is free and open to the public.

Join the conversation on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RadInstitute #violence

Speaker at

Changing Culture to Reduce Violence


Moderator: Zerlina Maxwell, Political Analyst, Speaker, and Contributing Writer, Essence Magazine and Mic.com


Laura Bates, Founder, Everyday Sexism Project


Hauwa Ibrahim, Senior Partner, Aries Law Firm


Jackson Katz, Author, Filmmaker, and Cofounder, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

Panel having a discussion at

Performance and Discussions about Hip-Hop


WELCOMING REMARKS

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


PERFORMANCE AND DISCUSSION ABOUT HIP-HOP

Moderator: Marcyliena Morgan, Professor of African and African American Studies and Executive Director, Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Harvard University


Toni Blackman, Rapper, Poet, and Activist; Founder and Director, Freestyle Union


Byron Hurt, Documentary Filmmaker (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes), Author, and Antisexism Activist; Founding Member, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program


Jay Smooth, Video and Multimedia Producer; Founder, WBAI’s Underground Railroad


Panel at the

The Power of Activism


WELCOMING REMARKS

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute; Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


OVERVIEW

Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Academic Ventures, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


THE POWER OF ACTIVISM

Moderator: Diane L. Rosenfeld, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School


Alexandra Brodsky, Cofounder, Know Your IX


Mitchell Garabedian, Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian


Irene M. Santiago, Lead Convener, #WomenSeriously​, Global Campaign on Women, Peace and Security

Speaker at the

Policy Responses


Moderator: Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research and Professor of the Practice of Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School


Flavia Agnes, Legal Scholar, Author, Women’s Right Activist, and Lawyer


Gina M. Grosso, Major General, Director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters US Air Force, Washington, DC


Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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