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Event set on 'Understanding Virginia Tech,' April 23

"Understanding Virginia Tech: The Explanations and Meanings of a Tragedy" is the title of a session planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Speaking will be Katherine Newman, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Keith Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics.

Newman, the author of "Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings" (2004), will discuss what scholars know about the dynamics of these tragedies, based on two years of field research and extensive study of all known incidents of rampage shootings in the U.S. since 1970. She will focus attention on the social experience of school shooters and the reasons why, despite extensive evidence that something terrible is coming, so few communities are able to get young people to come forward with the very information most likely to stop a plot.

Whittington, who has published widely on American constitutionalism and political history, plans to focus his remarks on the relation of the events at Virginia Tech to the law and politics of gun control.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Undergraduate Student Government.

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