Gun Violence and Grief: Documentary Screening and Community Conversation
In 2020, the U.S. gun violence epidemic reached levels not seen in decades, and 2021 is on track to match it or worse. Already more than a thousand teenagers across the US have been killed by guns this year, leaving behind many thousands of peers to mourn and somehow move forward. How are young people coping with the premature deaths of classmates and friends? How can schools and communities better support the secondary victims of the growing gun violence epidemic?
On December 3rd at 3pm, join three young men from Philadelphia to talk about their experiences of grief in the aftermath of neighborhood gun violence. Kashmir Alston, Melvin Floyd, and Jaylen Frisby will screen “Our Philadelphia,” the documentary film they made as high school students in collaboration with BC Core Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Nora Gross. A panel discussion and audience Q&A following the screening will be moderated by Robert Motley, Jr., Assistant Professor in the BC School of Social Work. The second half of the event will include breakout room conversations for the BC community facilitated by first-year students in the Enduring Questions Sociology course, Grief and Resistance: Social Responses to American Gun Violence.
Friday, December 3 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Boston College, Devlin Hall 08
140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467