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August 10, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Siavash Zohoori, presenter of Boys 'n' Guns
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Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence

Saturday, August 10, 2019

In a time where gun violence is used as conflict resolution, it's not just about gun control; it's also about masculinity control.

Siavash Zohoori was a near victim of a mass shooting at UCSB in 2014. He transformed that traumatic experience into a mission to foster more compassionate communities, helping to instill values of respect for women, emotional expression and connection with others, and empathy for fellow human beings.

About Siavash Zohoori
Following the UCSB attack, Zohoori cofounded  a multidisciplinary project called “Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence” with the goal of ending gendered interpersonal violence. He facilitates workshops for high school and college students to address the ways in which societal pressures interact with mass shootings and works to create meaningful change through greater understanding of the norms that must be addressed in order to promote a more compassionate community.

About Confronting Violence: Improving Women's Lives
From July 8-August 17, the Menlo Park Main Library will host a special traveling exhibition produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Activists and reformers in the United States have long recognized the harm of domestic violence and sought to improve the lives of women who were battered. Our temporary exhibition Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives explores the developments during latter half of the 20th century, when nurses took up the call. Beginning in the late 1970s, nurses were in the vanguard as they pushed the larger medical community to identify victims, adequately respond to their needs, and work towards the prevention of domestic violence.

Visit the Main Library to experience the interactive exhibition panels, and join us for our series of interrelated programming.