“Changing the Terms of Debate about Gun Violence: Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms”
Jonathan Metzl | Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University
Four assumptions frequently arise in the aftermath of mass shootings in the United States: that mental illness causes gun violence, that psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime, that shootings represent the deranged acts of mentally-ill loners, and that gun control “won’t prevent” such incidents. Dr. Metzl will address how assumptions about gun violence incorrectly link to stereotypes of mental illness and race in the United States and how gun violence is a pertinent topic for the growing field of Health Humanities.
Jonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, and Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality.
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Lecture Presented by:
Glasscock Medical Humanities Working Group
For further reading/ viewing:
Thursday, 1 December 2016, 1–2 p.m.
Aggie Agora Coffee Hour with Jonathan Metzl
Location: Coke Building, Room 206A
Please join Aggie Agora for cookies, coffee and conversation with Jonathan Metzl. Spaces are limited.
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