2016 Annual Meeting of The Harvard Club of Chicago
Talk: "Guns & Public Health"
By: Prof. David Hemenway, AB '66, PhD "74
Location: Petterino's Restaurant, 150 N. Dearborn St., Chicago
Please join the Harvard Club of Chicago for its 2016 Annual Meeting and dinner featuring Dr. David Hemenway, AB '66, PhD '74, an economist and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
On an average day in the United States, guns are used to kill 75-100 people, and to wound several hundred more. If any other consumer product had this sort of disastrous effect, the public outcry would be deafening; yet when it comes to guns such facts are accepted as a natural consequence of supposedly high American rates of violence.
In his book, Private Guns, Public Health, Dr. Hemenway explodes that myth and many more, revealing the advantages of treating gun violence as a consumer safety and public health problem. Prof. Hemenway fair-mindedly and authoritatively demonstrates how a public-health approach - which emphasizes prevention over punishment, and which has been so successful in reducing the rates of injury and death from infectious disease, car accidents, and tobacco consumption - can be applied to gun violence.
Date: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. Reception - Cash Bar
5:45 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Short Annual Meeting
6:40 p.m. Talk by Dr. Hemenway
7:30 p.m. Conclude
Location: Petterino’s at 150 N Dearborn St, Chicago
Cost: Members & Guests - $65
Decade Members & Guests - $50
Non-Members & Guests - $80
David Hemenway, Ph.D. is a former Pew Fellow on Injury Control. He was a Senior Soros Justice Fellow and held a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He is past president of the National Association of Injury Control Research Centers and won the Excellence in Science Award from the injury section of the American Public Health Association. In 2012 he was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the twenty “most influential injury and violence professionals over the past twenty years.” Dr. Hemenway is the sole author of five books and first-author of 60 peer-reviewed journal articles on such topics as motor vehicle crashes, falls, fractures, fires, suicides, and child abuse. His most recent book is a collection of success stories in injury prevention. Dr. Hemenway has won more teaching awards than any other faculty member at Harvard School of Public Health.
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