International Summit on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Prevention - November 12-13, 2010 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, VA, USA
General Information

On April 16, 2007, a terrible tragedy happened at Virginia Tech. The violent actions of one individual took the lives of 32 members of our community. In the subsequent three years, members of our community, as well as other communities around the world, continue to struggle with the senseless pain that is inflicted by individuals who for whatever reason are determined to unleash violence upon innocent people. Academics and practitioners around the world are actively engaged in research that is devoted to looking at the complex relationships (mental health, social structure, etc.) that contribute to the proliferation of violence within our society.

It is within this context, that Virginia Tech is convening leading researchers and noted practitioners in the field of violence prevention to share research, engage in dialogue, and advance best and promising practices that take a holistic and systems’ approach to the critical issues related to violence. The International Summit on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Prevention will be held November 12-13, 2010, on the Virginia Tech campus.

Summit participants will include researchers and practitioners representing a variety of disciplines including public health, psychology, law enforcement, criminology, philosophy, and sociology. To facilitate active engagement of participants through conversations and close collaboration across disciplinary silos, we have intentionally limited the number of persons invited to attend. Globally-known experts such as Drs. Dan Olweus, Adrian Raine, Kaj Bjoerkqvist, and Linda Langford will facilitate small working sessions, providing all participants with the opportunity to offer their expertise to help shape continuing conversations about how best to understand and face the very pressing challenges of family, community, and global violence. It is our hope that participants will create a working group which will continue to address current issues in the field with a shared agenda and a more coordinated approach. Proceedings from the summit will be published and made available to the larger community working on these issues.

The program also includes a student symposium Cultivating Peace: A Symposium for Violence Prevention, which will provide an outstanding opportunity for student researchers to present their work in a larger setting and to be exposed to leading scholars and practitioners throughout the conference. Students from leading universities on the east coast will be invited to participate.

Of Special Interest for Summit Participants: In an effort to provide continued support to colleges and universities in the implementation of threat assessment teams, the Department of Criminal Justice Services is offering a "Symposium on Campus Threat Assessment Teams - Advancing the Field" on November 12, 2010 as a supplement to the Advanced Threat Assessment Team trainings that are currently underway. This symposium will provide a multi-disciplinary panel of subject matter experts. This is event is separate from the International Summit on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Prevention, and requires a separate registration.

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For More Information Contact:
Dr. Marc Lucht
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention

Continuing & Professional Education @ Virginia Tech