Two faculty members from North Central College will facilitate a conversation on social and political aspects of gun violence and on language and images used in messages about gun violence at Trinity on Tuesday, November 12 beginning at 7pm.
Dr. Steve Macek is Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at North Central College. He teaches courses on media studies and the First Amendment. He is the author of Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right and the Moral Panic over the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), a critical analysis of media representations of American cities and the urban poor in the 1980s and 90s. “In 2017, there were close to 40,000 gun-related deaths in the United States, more than in all the other advanced, industrialized democracies of the world combined. As a nation, we have more weapons than citizens. Yet, thanks to the enormous influence of the NRA’s conservative and an erroneous interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as an individual ‘right to bear arms,’ it has been next to impossible to curtail the epidemic of gun violence. That needs to change.”
Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at North Central College. He is co-founder and co-director of The Project on Race in Political Communication, and is the author of Inequality in America: Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise. (2n ed. Routledge, 2017) and co-author with Charlton McIlwain of Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns, (Temple University Press, 2011). “The debate about guns is one of the most pressing and divisive of our time. Addressing the capacity and potential for violence is imperative, and we need to find ways to do so with honesty and a shared sense of responsibility.”