NewtownResponse2013MxCC is hosting three public forums in response to the Newtown tragedy on mental health and the impact on violence and the media.  These forums will be held on the Middletown campus in Chapman Hall and are open to students, the college community and the public.

On Wednesday, March 27 at 7 p.m., Professor John Shafer will facilitate a panel discussion and community conversation called “Violence and Media.” Legislators, psychologists, and professionals from the media will join Professor Shafer as they discuss the impact of media violence and the pros and cons of different legislative proposals to address this issue.

On Wednesday, April 3, at both 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Professors Judith Felton and Gregory Horne will lead a panel and community discussion called “Dispelling the Myths: The Mental Health Question.”  There will be a performance by the Free At Last Players, a performance art group dedicated to dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround mental illness, following a discussion with mental health professionals.

“Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook there has been a great deal of discussion in Connecticut about guns and gun regulations, but not much on violence in media or mental health issues, yet there are proposals in the legislature to tax and regulate media,” said Shafer.  “We hope to provide valuable information to the community about some of the issues involved in media violence as well as the legislative proposals.  We also want to allow plenty of opportunities for people to discuss the issues.”