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DePaul Talks: Making Meaning of Violence Symposium Lincoln Park Schedule

Monday, April 14 (Lincoln Park Campus)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Debate & Brownbag Lunch (room: LPCSC314B)
Title: Do legislative restrictions on firearms decrease violence in our society?
Event Leader: Beth Zoufel
Recent Court decisions have caused Illinois and Chicago to abolish and rewrite some of their laws regarding firearms. This includes Chicago’s previous ban on private ownership of handguns and statewide Conceal and Carry laws. We will discuss the effects of these changes on violence. Will these changes lead to more bloodshed or will they offer a needed means of self-defense?


  • The Debate Practicum Class and the Discussion and Debate Society

1:00-2:30 p.m.
Academic Panel Discussion (room: LPCSC314B)
Title: Domestic Violence: Community Efforts for Interventions and Preventions
Event Leader: Kay Yoon
This panel brings students, faculty, and the community together in raising the awareness of current issues related to Domestic Violence and discussing practical and theoretical approaches to intervention/prevention programs, community building, and challenges at the individual, community and state levels. The panelists are active scholars and community leaders in the area of domestic violence in Chicago, and the panel discussion will shed light on the implications of the current research and practice for communication scholars.


  • Sonya Crabtree-Nelson: Assistant Professor, Master of Social Work Program at DePaul University
  • Kathy Doherty: Executive Director at Between Friends, President of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Itedal Shalabi: Executive Director of Arab American Family Services (AAFS)
  • Eugenia Olison: Children and Family Liaison for Southeast Reason of Chicago Public Schools.

4:30-7:30 p.m.
Film Screening (DePaul Museum space: 935 W Fullerton Ave)
Topic: The Interrupters Documentary with Steve James
Event leader: Luisela Alvaray

This event consists of screening the documentary The Interrupters (2011), a Q&A session with director Steve James and a small reception after the main event. The Interrupters is a documentary about violence intervention and prevention. It takes place on Chicago’s south side and follows three “violence interrupters” using their experience and knowledge to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

The film has reframed urban violence and built capacity for the field, ensuring that "violence interrupting" is an accepted strategy for tackling endemic problems. The Interrupters was a hit on the festival circuit and has collected many accolades, among them an Emmy for "Outstanding Informational Programming—Long-Form," a DuPont Journalism Award, and Best Documentary at the Independent Spirit Awards, at the Miami and at the Minneapolis Film Festivals.

James says of The Interrupters, "We want the film to be an immersive experience for the audience, one that plunges them into communities plagued by violence, while also allowing them to step back and understand it. We also hope The Interrupters challenges viewers on their assumptions about these communities, and encourages them to care."


  • Steve James, director of the highly acclaimed documentary, Hoop Dreams, teamed up with best-selling writer Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here) to produce this unusually intimate journey into the heart of our city. The film is James’ sixth film in partnership with Kartemquin and his fifth film to play at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was broadcast on PBS' Frontline in late 2011.