Conversations that Matter: Responding to Gun Violence

Presented in partnership with the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project

Thursday, January 16, 2020
6:30 PM

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On an average day in America, seven children and teens are shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. In partnership with the UC Davis Campus Community Book Project, which is highlighting Younge’s book and promotes dialogue by encouraging members of the community to read the same book and attend related events, the Museum offers a moderated panel discussion in which artists and educators examine how creative influencers are dealing with gun violence and ways concerned citizens can respond to this difficult and divisive national topic.

Another Day in the Death of America puts a human face on gun deaths across the country. It is not a book about gun control, but about what happens in a country where such control does not exist. What emerges is a searing and urgent portrait of youth, family, and firearms in America today.The Campus Community Book Projecta signature initiative out of the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusionworks to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity, and to promote equity and inclusiveness.


PANELISTS

Megan Macklin (Moderator) is a Program Manager in the UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Megan’s portfolio spans three campus-wide climate and inclusion initiatives. As a member the Police Accountability Board (PAB) Administrative Advisory Group, Megan manages the board’s recruitment, training, meetings, and public relations, and she represents the PAB on the Campus Council for Community and Diversity . In addition, Megan coordinates the Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) , serving as Co-Chair of the book project Program Planning and Selection Committees. In her role, she manages the year-long program of events in support of the book project theme and selection. Megan holds a BA in Comparative Literature and a BS in Human Development from UC Davis, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago.

Glenda Drew is currently a Professor of Design, specializing in digital media at UC Davis. Drew is a critical maker whose research is based at the intersections of visual culture and social change, with a particular emphasis on the working class. The content of her work is rooted in creating messaging with greater social implications, fostering innovation and encouraging behavior change. Her practice is multifaceted in form and includes graphics, photography, time-base, interaction and audience participation. She is inspired by the creative possibilities technologies generate and she works with a combination of tools considered “hi-tech” and “lo-tech.” She approaches her work with an organic sense of play, exploration and curiosity tempered by the design discipline with the goal of making meaningful work.

Bill Knowlton is currently the Executive Director of the Mack Road Property and Business Improvement District, and has served in the past as Chair for the Stockton Blvd. Partnership and as the Executive Director of the Stockton Blvd Community Development Corporation. Bill has also served on many Boards and Commissions throughout our region including the Oak Park Business Association, the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, the Sacramento Community Police Commission, the UCD Community Advisory Board and currently on the Sacramento Steps Forward Continuum of Care Board. Bill’s career focus has been on building healthy communities through employment and self-sufficiency. His 25 plus years of Management experience in the private sector in the retail automotive industry uniquely positions us to move the business of Mack Road to the next level.

Maren Conrad (Artist Statement): In dirty space between urban dwellings, above the frayed and broken concrete littered with needles and drenched in addiction, lies my opportunity to turn scenes of despair and danger into backdrops of joy, expression and value. These larger than life canvases of steel, brick and stucco become the destinations that define a city. My murals become the place where toddlers go to wish, where dandies go to peacock, and where cars appear toy sized against the background of giants. Each work maybe a part of a developer’s project, or painted on a wall that someone has purchased, yet they are owned by no single person, not even their creator. As a female muralist, the desire to transform dangerous alleys into stages for playful interactions originates from a place of self-preservation. The very places that now adorn my 12,000+ square foot creations were once places I would have dreaded to walk through alone. Using my passion as a vehicle that narrows the urban-planning gender gap is not simply insurance for my survival, it is my mission.

Advance Peace interrupts gun violence in American urban neighborhoods by providing transformational opportunities to young men involved in lethal firearm offenses and placing them in a high-touch, personalized fellowship—the Peacemaker Fellowship®. By working with and supporting a targeted group of individuals at the core of gun hostilities, Advance Peace bridges the gap between anti-violence programming and a hard-to-reach population at the center of violence in urban areas, thus breaking the cycle of gun hostilities and altering the trajectory of these men’s lives. Advance Peace works with both public and community-based stakeholders to establish responsive community-driven strategies that achieve high-impact outcomes for those caught in the cycle of urban gun violence.

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Image: NYC - March For Our Lives. Student led rally for gun control in the US. New York City, 2018 | wasikphoto.com. Via mathiaswasik / Flickr.

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