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Newman gives President's Lecture, April 10

Katherine Newman, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, will present the final talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Monday, April 10.

The talk, titled "School Shootings: Why Terrible Things Happen in 'Perfect' Places," will begin at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Friend Center.

Newman joined the Princeton faculty in 2004 after eight years at Harvard. Her research focuses on work and mobility, class cultures, urban poverty and violence. She is the author of seven books, including "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings" (2004), which she wrote with four doctoral students. The book examines the rash of school shootings in the 1990s and draws on original fieldwork in two communities -- Jonesboro, Ark., and Paducah, Ky. -- three years after they suffered from some of the worst episodes of rampage shootings. The book explores the roots of school violence and the repercussions for the communities years later.

"The media tends to depict school shooters as loners who react spontaneously to bullying with extreme violence," said Newman. "The truth is much more complicated. Communities and schools are often blind to the warning signals that a tragedy is on the way, and kids who know about the shooters' intentions do not come forward. Sociological perspectives help us understand why."

The lecture series was initiated by President Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines. Newman's talk will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit WebMedia Event Streaming.

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