Book Talk: “Rampage Nation”


Featuring Dr. Louis Klarevas, author of “Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings”

Event co-sponsored by The TC Gun Violence Prevention Working Group and the Media and Social Change Lab. Supported by the Office of Provost at Teachers College

***UPDATE: The recent tragedy in Las Vegas reminds us further how necessary it is to have thoughtful and public engagement about the issue of mass shootings. We have added a list of support and action resources here: On Las Vegas, A Note about Our Upcoming Book Talk ***

Teachers College Gun Violence Prevention Working Group

Together, a team of researchers and clinicians from across departments at Teachers College and in conjunction with faculty and clinicians from New York University and New York Methodist Hospital have come together to actively address the presence of firearms and firearm violence in the K-12 school.

“As educators and advocates for the health and well-being of our nation’s youth, we feel that elementary, middle, and high schools should be safe spaces for learning and growth; havens where youth are nurtured and their potential cultivated. Critical health and educational challenges currently facing our nation’s youth cannot be addressed in meaningful ways if they also feel unsafe or threatened. Research has substantiated that exposure to violence of any sort unequivocally hinders the healthy development of children. Firearms simply have no place within the K-12 educational system. Indeed, the ability for children to grow, learn, and evolve into positive and productive members of their communities is not feasible in the presence of guns. Prioritizing the prevention of gun violence in schools is an urgent national and educational priority. Together, our efforts are looking to move comprehensive firearm violence prevention efforts forward by leveraging our collective organizational resources to help bridge the research, advocacy, and policy gaps that currently exists in this area.”

    Group Members:

  • Dr. Brande Brown (New York Methodist Hospital)
  • Dr. Sonali Rajan (Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University)
  • Dr. Kelly Ruggles (New York University School of Medicine)
  • Dr. Lalitha Vasudevan (Department of Math, Science, and Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University)
  • Dr. Lena Verdeli (Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University)



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