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Violence in our Children Discussed at Hobart and William Smith

How Can We Save Them?

Geneva, N.Y.-Hobart and William Smith Colleges will discuss one of the hottest social issues with guest lecturer James Garbarino, a noted expert on violence in children, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus.

Garbarino will present a talk titled “Lost Boys: Pathways from Childhood Sadness to Adolescent Violence,” focusing on the developmental pathways of criminally violent youth, and risk factors, including maltreatment, difficult temperaments, mishandling, and social toxicity. A seminar discussion will follow in Room 212, Demarest Hall. The events are sponsored by the Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men. They are free and the public is invited.

Garbarino, co-director of the Family Life Development Center and Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, serves as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Garbarino has also served as president of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development, and as consultant and advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation, the National Resource Center for Children in Poverty, Childwatch International Research Network, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI.

In 1991, Garbarino undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq. He has also served as a consultant for programs serving Bosnian and Croatian children. Garbarino is the author and editor of numerous books including Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them (1999); Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment (1995); Let's Talk About Living in a World with Violence (1993); Children in Danger: Coping With The Consequences of Community Violence (1992); Towards A Sustainable Society: An Economic, Social, and Environmental Agenda for our Children's Future (1992); Children and Families in the Social Environment, Second edition (1992); Saving Children: A Guide to Injury Prevention (1991); No Place To Be A Child: Growing Up In A War Zone (1991); and more.

He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1973.

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