Colloquia Series reflects on Sandy Hook

In the aftermath of the horrific events of Sandy Hook, The Human Journey Colloquia Series will present a series of colloquia addressing some of the issues that are inevitably discussed and reflected upon following a senseless tragedy.

The first colloquium, “Trauma and Mental Health: Implications of the Sandy Hook Shooting,” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. It addresses two important issues — the impact of trauma on both the individual and the community and the relationship between mental illness and violent actions. Leading the discussion will be David Johnson and Dr. Hadar Lubin from the Post-Traumatic Stress Center in New Haven. Both Lubin and Johnson have been working with the families from the Sandy Hook tragedy. Sacred Heart Professor Michelle Loris will facilitate the discussion.

In the second colloquium, “Media & Trauma: A Journalist’s Perspective,”  Professor Jim Castonguay and Craig LeMoult from WSHU Public Radio will discuss the role the media and media ethics have played throughout the tragic event. It will be held Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

The third colloquium, “The Sandy Hook Tragedy: Where is God?,” is set for Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. It will focus on the questions that face us in the aftermath of the tragedy. Professor June Ann Greeley will facilitate the discussion with local interfaith clergy.

The final event in the series, “Gun Control and the Second Amendment,” will be the university’s annual Constitution Day program on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The program will be moderated by Professor Gary Rose. Speaker to be determined.

All four events will take place at University Commons at Sacred Heart University. They are free and open to the public.

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