Building Bridges: Addressing Gun Violence Through Storytelling

March 13, 2024 by

Location: Bond House | Karsh Institute of Democracy

Date: Apr 8, 2024 - Apr 8, 2024

Start Time: 10:30 am

End Time: 1:30 pm

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Peter Masiakos, MD (left), and Eric Gordon, PhD

Peter Masiakos, MD (left), and Eric Gordon, PhD

A workshop to foster interdisciplinary collaborations within UVA and the Charlottesville community to create transformative solutions to gun violence.

UVA will be hosting Peter Masiakos, MD, and Eric Gordon, PhD, in April for a discussion on their work based in storytelling and how it is impacting higher education and medical curriculum building for firearm injury prevention in Boston.

Addressing gun violence through storytelling can be a powerful way to foster empathy, understanding, and action within communities. By weaving narratives that humanize the experiences of victims, survivors, and those affected by gun violence, storytelling has the potential to transcend statistics and spark meaningful conversations. Stories can shed light on the complex social, cultural, and political factors that contribute to gun violence while amplifying voices often marginalized in mainstream discourse. By harnessing the emotive power of narrative, we can cultivate empathy, inspire activism, and ultimately, strive for a society where every person feels safe and valued.


Dr. Peter Masiakos
Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Gun Violence Prevention Center
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Eric Gordon
Professor of Civic Media
Director of the Engagement Lab
Emerson College

Graciously Supported By: UVA Arts & the Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost for the Arts & the Gun Violence Solutions Project at the University of Virginia

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