March 8: Triggering the Debate: Gun Control, Race, and Mental Illness

Beneath the public debate on gun ownership and the Second Amendment simmer questions of mental illness, stigma, race, bias, and the complicated politics of behavioral health diagnoses.

New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a public dialogue on the nuances of gun control legislation and enforcement, featuring New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano; Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, Connecticut; MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid; and Gary Belkin, deputy director of the program in global mental health at NYU Langone School of Medicine.

Triggering the Debate: Race, Gun Control, and Mental IllnessAt “Triggering the Debate,” these opinion leaders, lawmakers, and mental health professionals will address the core issues of the gun control debate, measure the success of local initiatives, and offer their insights into President Obama’s proposals. Panelists will discuss whether gun laws can confront mental illness without stigmatizing the mentally ill and consider the complicated history that race has historically played in the debate. The panel will be moderated by Vanderbilt University Professor Jonathan Metzl, a psychiatrist and author of The Protest Psychosis.

Triggering the Debate: Gun Control, Race, and Mental Illness
Friday, March 8, 6:30 pm 
NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
20 Cooper Square (between 5th and 6th Streets), 7th floor

The event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required by calling 212.992.9562, emailing, or visiting Reporters interested in attending must contact James Devitt, NYU’s deputy director for media relations, at 212.998.6808 or Learn more at IPK »