The Mission Integration Council, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Mission Engagement invite the Barry community to a series of Brown Bag Lunch Discussions on the university’s 2013-13 common reader, “Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End to Violence in Inner-City America” by David M. Kennedy.
Book discussion group dates:
Wednesday, Oct. 23 | Landon 204 | 12 – 1 p.m.
These facilitated conversations will offer an opportunity for various experiences, reactions, and perspectives to be exchanged and discussed in preparation for the College of Arts & Sciences October Mini-Conference: Reclaiming Community from a Culture of Violence.
Please RSVP with the sessions that you would like to attend to MIE@barry.edu.
About the book:
In this book author David M. Kennedy, Director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, traces his own remarkable lifelong commitment to reducing inner city youth violence and drug dealing.
It is the author’s chronicle of his decades-long crusade to solve one of America's most pressing and shameful social problems. Kennedy, who engineered the "Boston Miracle" in the 1990s, cutting youth homicide by two-thirds at the height of the crack epidemic, reveals the history and the strategy behind his commonsense yet revolutionary approach to ending crime. He has refined an approach that everyone- gang members, drug dealers, cops, and neighbors- comes together in a giant community meeting, an intervention and an affirmation of a shared desire for safety and peace. The proof is in the miraculous results. Don't Shoot is a riveting, page-turning read, which combines street reality, social science, moral urgency, and the personal journey of Kennedy who shows that there could be an end in sight.
For more information about the mini-conference, common reader and how it is going to be integrated during this academic year please visit the General Education Curriculum Committee’s website at: http://www.barry.edu/commonreader/default.htm.
Books can be purchased at the Barry University bookstore.