Los Angeles. (February 26, 2013)—When 20 year-old Adam Lanza entered the grounds of Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012, carrying a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle, he irrevocably changed the lives of the school’s 456 children—and the nation. The ensuing national conversation about gun control has not placed educational institutions at the center despite the spate of recent shootings at educational institutions.

            On Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30 P.M., The Truth About The Fact: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, which is housed at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will be hosting REAL TALK: The Great Debate Series—Gun Control. In order to thoroughly interrogate this complicated issue from various angles REAL TALK: The Great Debate Series—Gun Control will be a mixed-media, multi-genre event featuring a Lincoln Debate, DJ performance, live art-marking and provocative poetry, all inside the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

            Margot Bennett, the Executive Director of Women Against Gun Violence will be debating attorney Sean A. Brady, a firearms-related legal specialist with Michel & Associates and founder of the Annual Second Amendment Celebration; DJ Mark Maxwell, host of 90.7 FM KPFK’S popular music program RISE, will be spinning rare grooves; 2010 Los Angeles Grand Slam Champion poet Nikki Blak will be performing poetry; and Painter Chanel A. Mitchell will be creating live art during the event.

REAL TALK: The Great Debate Series—Gun Violence begins at 7:30 p.m. (with a 6:30 p.m. reception) at the Thomas P. Kelly Student Art Gallery, One LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90045. FREE.  This event is generously co-sponsored by LMU’s Departments’ of English, Women’s Studies, African American Studies and Chicana/o Studies. For More info contact Michael Datcher (213) 570-1841 or Michelle Sisto (408) 612-5670.                                                                                       


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