Panel to discuss open carry laws

JOHNSON CITY (February 20, 2017): East Tennessee State University’s Martha Copp and Julia Bernard together with Ms. Vicki Powers of Moms Demand Action will present “Gun Violence and Gun Sense” on Wednesday March 15, 2017 in the Multicultural Center’s Presentation Room from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

This is the eighth of nine free public talks to be given in the “Women on Wednesdays” Lecture Series sponsored by the East Tennessee State University Women’s Studies Program. The public is invited to attend. A light lunch will be provided.

Assistant Professor Dr. Julia Bernard is the undergraduate Coordinator for the Human Services Program at ETSU. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), and a Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) with a practice in Jonesborough.

Dr. Martha Copp, Sociology Professor and graduate studies coordinator, enjoys teaching and research on social inequalities, social psychology, qualitative sociology, and work and occupations.

Ms. Vicki Powers, President of the Tri-Cities Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, became a gun violence prevention activist out of concern for her children, grandchildren, and the nation. She is a former Johnson City business owner, and currently works for the Bill Gatton Automotive Group.

The panelists will be sharing information about gun violence in the U.S, proposed firearm legislation in Tennessee, research examining gun violence patterns in other states, and education to help parents and others prevent unintentional shootings by children.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness about the research, scholarship and community engagement that women at ETSU are doing; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies at ETSU.

ETSU’s Volleyball Coach Lindsey Devine will close the series on April 5, 2017

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, director of ETSU Women’s Studies, at 423-439-4125.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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