Reclaiming Community from a Culture of Violence

Reclaiming Community from a Culture of Violence


Barry University is hosting a one-day mini-conference on “Reclaiming Community from a Culture of Violence.”   Inspired by the theme of the common reader, this exciting all-day event includes panel presentations and discussions, guest speakers from local community-based agencies, film screenings, service opportunities, and many other interesting sessions.  In addition, author David M. Kennedy is visiting campus and serving as the keynote speaker.

Attending conference sessions and relating the information to the reader may be required or optional assignments for many classes.  Instructors may require attendance to the conference as part of a class assignment.

Additional Information can be found at:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Expanding the Discussions:  Examining Neoliberalism, Pro-gun Politics and Gun Violence in the United States

Andreas Room 111

Dr. Laura Finley, Dr. Luigi Esposito – Dept of Sociology/Criminology

Acceptance of Domestic & Non-Domestic Violence Among Haitians-Youth?  Does Culture Play a Factor?

Thompson Kostka Room

Dr.Natacha J. Yacinthe - School of Adult & Continuing Education

Systemic Overview of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children(CSEC)

Andreas Room 112

Mrs. Sambra Zaoui - School of Social Work
Mr. Jorge Veitia, Founder & Director – The Life of Freedom Ctr., Miami, FL

Representation of Violence in English and American Literature

Thompson Andy Gato Gallery

Dr. Lillian Schanfield, Dr. Evelyn Cartright, Dr. Margarita Nodarse, Dr. Blanca Alvarez, Dr. Laura Alonso-Gallo – Dept of English & Foreign Languages

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Normalizing Violence:  The Role of Everyday Institutions

Thompson Andy Gato Gallery

Dr. John W. Murphy, Professor of Sociology - University of Miami
Dr. Jung Min Choi,  Assoc Professor of Sociology - San Diego State University

Interrupting the Culture of Violence toward the Transgender Community  through Social Justice Oriented Action

Thompson Kostka Room

Dr. Ashley Austin – School of Social Work

History, Language, Relation:  Three Philosophical Perspectives on Violence and Community

Andreas Room 111

Dr. Sean Erwin, Dr. Ruth Tallman, Dr. Raymond Ward – Dept of Theology/Philosophy

Rethinking Gun Violence:  The role of Rhetoric, Systems theory, and the Media in creating/sustaining paradigms

Andreas Room 112

Dr. Margaret Chojnacki, Dr. Katherine Nelson, Ms. Connie Hicks – Dept of Communication

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch/Plenary Session

Broad Auditorium

David M. Kennedy, Common Reader Author & Keynote Speaker

Box Lunches will be available after the session (may be picked up outside of Broad)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m

Mass Incarceration and Its Effects on Black Miami

Andreas Room 112

Dr. Fernando Perez, Dr. Luigi Esposito – Dept of Sociology/Criminology

Violence, Non-Violence and the Intersection of the National and International:  Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan

Thompson Kostka Room

Dr. Jesus Mendez, Dr. Mary Caravelis, Dr. George Cvejanovich, Dr. E. Timothy Smith – Dept of History/Political Science

Religious Peacebuilding

Thompson Andy Gato Gallery

Mr. Steffano Montano – Dept of Theology/Philosophy

From Prejudice to Respect:  Using Intergroup Dialogues to Transform Social Climates

Andreas Room 111

Dr. Mitchell Rosenwald – School of Social Work