‘Contagion of Violence’ model used to address urban violence in US provides solutions in Iraq, London and beyond
National Press Club panel examines disease-like spread of violence in ‘Arab Spring’ and ‘London Riots’
WASHINGTON, June. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – As part of the National Press Club’s Newsmakers series, a panel of experts will speak about the disease-like transmission of violence and ways to interrupt or prevent violence in various contexts, including the “Arab Spring,” the London riots and U.S. gang violence.
Dr. Gary Slutkin has long advanced the theory that violence behaves like a disease. He is an expert in infectious disease control and epidemiology previously with the World Health Organization, who will present the “Contagion of Violence” model. Zainab Al-Suwaij and Jason Featherstone will provide real-world historical context and examples of the contagion of violence and its successful interruption. Al-Suwaij will speak from her experience in Iraq and with the “Arab Spring,” while Featherstone will speak from his experience in London and with the Tottenham Riots.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 28, 2012
WHERE: National Press Club – First Amendment Lounge
Dr. Gary Slutkin, Executive Director of CeaseFire and developer of the “Contagion of Violence” model; and
CONTACT: For questions, additional background or to schedule an interview, please contact: AimÃ©e Chiu, Media, Communications & Public Relations Director of AIC, 202-595-3160 or aimee(at)aicongress.org
SOURCE American Islamic Congress