Gun Violence Prevention — the Way Forward for the Courts, Durham and Duke

March 25, 2020
5:30 PM-6:30 PM

Many are convinced that gun violence is a pressing problem for our nation, community, and university – but they despair of finding effective solutions.

Duke University and community members are invited to attend a symposium intended to explore feasible ways forward in the quest for enhanced public safety while respecting political realities, Second Amendment rights, and the high rate of gun ownership.

Duke University President Vincent Price will recognize keynote speaker Philip J. Cook as a winner of the 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, an award which Cook will receive in Stockholm in June. A Sanford Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, Cook was selected based on his decades of research on gun violence and its wide-ranging effects on society. The Stockholm Prize in Criminology Foundation said his research has “guided an entire generation of gun injury scholarship, strengthening the evidence for governments to take more effective action against the massive suffering caused by guns.” Cook is the author of Gun Violence: The Real Costs (with Jens Ludwig) and The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Duke Professor of Public Policy Kristin Goss).

Cook will give the keynote address based on his award-winning research and lead a conversation with Durham County Sheriff Clarence F. Birkhead; Joseph Blocher, founding co-director of Duke Law School’s Center for Firearms Law; and Duke student activist Carlee Goldberg.

Please join us for light refreshments beginning at 5:00 PM. Parking will be available for a fee in the Science Drive visitor’s lot. Please allow extra time to park and walk to the building.