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Pauline Strong, Director HRC 3.360, Mailcode F1900, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-2654

Helping Our Teenagers Think About Violence and Peace

Gemma Marangoni Ainslie is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice with adolescents and adults.  Her work includes parent guidance, consultation with schools, mostly middle schools and high schools, and supervision of school counselors and psychotherapists who work with adolescents.  Her perspective is developmentally-based and she has lectured and written about and worked with adolescents extensively.

Kirsten Cather specializes in modern Japanese literature and film, and has just finished writing a book on censorship of erotic media ranging from high literature to film and manga (comic books). This session is related to her interest in the real and perceived powers and dangers of art, and our desire to control and censor it. As a parent of a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old, she also appreciates parents' concerns about violent depictions in the media and their effects on youth.

David Edwards has been teaching international relations and defense policy at the University of Texas for 45 years.  He has also served as a consultant to the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington.  He has written books about peace and international relations, among them Creating a New World Politics.  And he has raised two kids, now 25 and 20.

Adrian Moore is the founder and executive director of the Council on At-Risk Youth, dedicated to "helping youth promote safe schools and safe communities." Moore has more than 40 years experience in juvenile justice, correction, criminal justice and youth service agencies in Texas, New Mexico, and nationally. Having a long term interest in school based youth violence and delinquency prevention initiatives, Moore founded the CARY in 1999. This is the sixth year for the City of Austin and Travis County to support the CARY Youth Violence Prevention Program, which serves 600 youth annually.  He is both a father and a grandfather.

Tom Palaima teaches and writes about ancient Greek history and prehistory, ancient Greek language and literature, and different aspects of the human response, individual and collective, to experiences of war and violence. For the past eleven years he has written regular commentaries and book reviews and occasional feature pieces for the Austin American-Statesman, the Times Higher Education (London), and The Texas Observer.  These deal with cultural, political and social issues and often have some kind of historical or even ancient historical perspective.

Stephen Sonnenberg is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who specializes in interdisciplinary research on war, violence, psychic trauma and post traumatic psychological disorders. His work analyzes the processes of decision-making, addiction, and the psychoanalytic treatment of addiction, through psychiatric education and effective teaching methods. He is a member of the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, and a Fellow in Residence of the Humanities Institute.

Barrik Van Winkle was trained as a cultural anthropologist and spent three years studying adolescent gangs in the St. Louis area.  He is the co-author (with Scott H. Decker) of Life in the Gang: Family, Friends, and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 1996), an influential book in the field of criminology. He is the father of two daughters in their early twenties.

Course and Registration Information: This free, informal course will meet on Tuesday evenings, October 12 through November 16, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The sessions will be held at the Community Engagement Center, 1009 East 11th Street.  Those who wish to reserve a place in the course should call Paula Kothmann at 471-9056 or email

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