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WGBH’s Crossley to host gun violence talk


WGBH radio and television host Callie Crossley will moderate a discussion on the possible correlations between media and gun violence March 18 at Emerson College.

WGBH radio and television host Callie Crossley will moderate a panel discussion, “Gun Violence in Media and Electronic Games,” at Emerson on Monday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

The panelists will explore what impact, if any, media and video games have on gun violence in the United States.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Semel Theater, 10 Boylston Place (a pedestrian walkway off Boylston Street) in Boston. It is the second panel in the four-part discussion series, Made in America: Our Gun Violence Culture, which began as part of President Lee Pelton’s initiative to increase dialogue on gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in December 2012.

In a message to more than 1,700 college and university presidents, Pelton announced the establishment of the College Presidents’ Gun Violence Resource Center. To date, nearly 300 presidents have joined him to make a pledge to President Obama to lead discussions about America’s culture of gun violence.

Emily Rooney, host of Greater Boston on WGBH, led a discussion panel February 4 at Emerson College titled “Whose Right Is It, Anyway?” that looked at the nation’s widely varying gun laws.


The panelists for the March 18 discussion are:

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, professor emerita at Lesley University and founder of the University’s Center for Peaceable Schools, who has written and spoken extensively on the impact of media in children’s lives and social development, and how children learn the skills for positive relationships. She is the author of five books and numerous articles and op eds on media and technology, conflict resolution, peaceable classrooms, and education reform. Her most recent book is Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative and Compassionate Kids. Carlsson-Paige has received many awards for her work and is an advocate for education policies and practices that promote social justice and well being of all children.

Dan Isett, director of public policy, Parents Television Council (PTC), which advocates responsible entertainment to the local, state, and federal governments. Isett has served as director of external affairs for The Center for Education Reform and executive director of the Texas Home School Coalition. Prior to joining PTC, he was chairman of the Lubbock County Republican Party in Texas.

David Horowitz, executive director of the Media Coalition, the trade association that is dedicated to defending First Amendment rights of publishers, booksellers, librarians and recording, motion picture, and video game producers and retailers. Horowitz has submitted written and oral testimony to Congress, many state legislatures, and the Federal Communications Commission on regulatory matters. Under his leadership, Media Coalition has brought successful lawsuits to challenge more than a dozen state laws that banned or censored speech, including laws in Ohio and Tennessee that barred dissemination to minors of speech with violent themes and images.

T. Atilla Ceranoglu, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, who specializes in psychiatric care of people of all ages and provides ongoing psychotherapy for children, teenagers, and adults. Dr. Ceranoglu pursues several lines of research including mood and anxiety disorders in child victims of major trauma and the clinical effects of video games and how media can help inform the public. He is a member of the Media Committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Callie Crossley, WGBH radio and television host, recently launched the news radio show Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, and has hosted two other radio programs for the last three years, The Callie Crossley Show and Boston Public Radio. She appears regularly as a host or commentator on several local and national news-related programs, including WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press and Basic Black, the PBS News Hour, the Fox 25 Morning News on WFXT-TV, and CNN’s Reliable Sources. Crossley, a former producer for ABC News, has a distinguished journalism career, having won a National Emmy, a Peabody, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Christopher, and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. She’s the program manager for the Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and is the recipient of two Harvard Fellowships: a Neiman Fellowship and a Fellowship at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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