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Guns and America: Joining the Conversation

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Recent tragedies involving gun violence are causing communities across America to reexamine issues such as assuring public and personal safety, preserving individual rights, and providing high-quality mental health care.  All members of the Syracuse community are invited to attend the first in a series of moderated discussions about how these issues intersect in Central New York, as part of a nationally coordinated dialogue based on mutual respect, shared citizenship, and finding common cause.  Join us!


Keynote speaker: Stephen Barton, SU alumnus and gun control activist
Discussion panel:
Dr. James Knoll, Upstate Medical University
Professor Robert Spitzer, SUNY Cortland
Scott Armstrong, political communications consultant and a former lobbyist for the NRA
Helen Hudson, Mothers Against Gun Violence
Judge Langston McKinney

Moderator: Prof. Grant Reeher, SU political science

The keynote address  will be followed by comments from our five panel members, and then the discussion will focus on questions from the audience.

This forum was organized by the Chancellor’s Task Force on Gun Safety, Tom Wolfe chair.

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.