School violence topic of speech Wednesday at Cal Poly

A discussion focusing on the history, emotional response and ramifications of school violence in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings will be held Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Cal Poly, according to the college officials.

The event – which will be held in San Luis Lounge in the University Union on campus – is free and open to the public.

The panel will include three Cal Poly faculty and staff members. They are Stephanie Stillman, a religious studies professor who specializes on the formation of American memory around school shootings; Linden Nelson, a psychology professor, who focuses on the psychology of school violence; Barbara Gilbert, a Counseling Center psychologist, who specializes on violence and nonviolence intervention.

After the panel discussion, members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and small-group discussions will give students an opportunity to talk about their emotional responses to the Virginia Tech tragedy.

--Nick Wilson