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Confronting Violence

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015 through
    Friday, April 10, 2015
    11:30 PM–9:30 PM ET
  • Knafel Center
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
Panel having a discussion at "Confronting Violence"

Violence seems inescapable, but does it have to be?

“Confronting Violence,” a conference at the Radcliffe Institute, will explore how activism and cultural change can affect public policy and reduce violence.

The program, which includes considerations of gender, begins with an artistic event and discussion that features hip-hop music on the evening of Thursday, April 9, 2015, and continues with a full day of presentations and discussions on April 10, 2015. On Friday policy makers, journalists, culture critics, digital media experts, activists, military leaders, victim advocates, attorneys, and academics will explore entrenched challenges, identify successful models of activism, and illuminate ways to confront—and overcome—violence.

This event is free and open to the public.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #violence

Event Videos

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Changing Culture to Reduce Violence

Moderator: Zerlina Maxwell, Political Analyst, Speaker, and Contributing Writer, Essence Magazine and

Laura Bates, Founder, Everyday Sexism Project

Hauwa Ibrahim, Senior Partner, Aries Law Firm

Jackson Katz, Author, Filmmaker, and Cofounder, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)

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Performance and Discussions about Hip-Hop


Lizabeth Cohen, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


Moderator: Marcyliena Morgan, Professor of African and African American Studies and Executive Director, Hiphop Archive & Research Institute, Harvard University

Toni Blackman, Rapper, Poet, and Activist; Founder and Director, Freestyle Union

Byron Hurt, Documentary Filmmaker (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes), Author, and Antisexism Activist; Founding Member, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program

Jay Smooth, Video and Multimedia Producer; Founder, WBAI’s Underground Railroad

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The Power of Activism


Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute; Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University


Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Academic Ventures, Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Moderator: Diane L. Rosenfeld, Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Alexandra Brodsky, Cofounder, Know Your IX

Mitchell Garabedian, Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian

Irene M. Santiago, Lead Convener, #WomenSeriously​, Global Campaign on Women, Peace and Security

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Policy Responses

Moderator: Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research and Professor of the Practice of Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School

Flavia Agnes, Legal Scholar, Author, Women’s Right Activist, and Lawyer

Gina M. Grosso, Major General, Director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), Office of the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters US Air Force, Washington, DC

Richard Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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