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Conference explores causes of school violence and local and global solutions

November 16, 2007

(Portland, Ore.)—Despite the tragic wake up call of the Columbine shootings more than eight years ago, education professionals, parents, public leaders, and society as a whole continue to struggle with how to prevent and respond to school violence. Even as more discussion and debate swirls around gun violence on high school and college campuses, other forms of violence go largely ignored.

Beginning today, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling is hosting a conference, Hope in a Time of Violence, for Portland-area education professionals, parents, and concerned citizens to explore externalized and internalized student violence and solutions, on November 16 and 17.

“Violence—whether against others or self-inflicted—is a serious problem facing our society,” said Nancy Nagel, associate dean of the graduate school and professor of education. “Lewis & Clark is committed to addressing this growing crisis. We are bringing together our community and resources to discuss the impact of violence on our children and the solutions available and opening a dialogue between teachers, counselors, and community agency members.”

Darius Rejali, Professor of Political Science at Reed College and veteran child welfare advocate will open the conference with the keynote address: “Overcoming the Silence of Violence.” The keynote address is free and open to the public.

In addition, the conference will address causes and solutions that go beyond traditional school violence conferences:
• A principal’s personal experience with school shootings and the lessons to be learned
• Cross-cultural misunderstandings and resulting violence
• Prevention methods for boys’ behavioral challenges
• Self-inflicted violence such as cutting and substance abuse
• Global educational models to creating peaceful schools
• A Humane Society animal-therapy program designed to reduce violence

Learn more about the conference speakers and event locations online.

For more information:

Jodi Heintz
Public Relations Director
503-768-7961
jodih@lclark.edu
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