|Stopping violence in troubled neighborhoods is topic of 2012 Waller Lecture on April 20|
|Thursday, April 12, 2012|
Stopping violence by enlisting the help of former gang members and other similar innovative initiatives is the topic of this year’s annual Patricia F. Waller Lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on April 20.
The lecture, “Changing the Code of the Street in Baltimore’s Most Violent Neighborhoods: Evaluation of a ‘CeaseFire’-like Intervention,” is at 1 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium in the UNC School of Social Work. Refreshments will be available at 12:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The talk will be given by Daniel Webster, professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.
Ceasefire is the name of a Chicago organization, founded by epidemiologist Gary Slutkin, based on the theory that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected and stop the infection at its source. Ceasefire includes the Violence Interrupters program. Interrupters — who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervene in conflicts before they erupt into violence. The program was featured in the recent documentary “The Interrupters.”
The Waller lecture is held annually in memory of Patricia F. Waller, Ph.D., a professor who founded the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and was a pioneer in injury control. She worked for nearly two decades as a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where she developed the concept for graduated licensing, which became adopted nationwide.
The lecture is supported by private donations and is sponsored by the Injury Prevention Research Center, the Highway Safety Research Center and the College of Arts and Sciences’ psychology department.
For more information, visit http://www.iprc.unc.edu or call (919) 966-2251.