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Oak Park Harper Lecture with Jens Ludwig: Preventing Youth Violence in Chicago
Jens Ludwig discusses the causes of and potential solutions to Chicago's youth violence problems.

Cost: $20 General Admission
Registration Required: Alumni and Friends Event Website

Violence is a major public health and public policy challenge in Chicago, but not just in Chicago. Each year 500,000 people are murdered worldwide. The problem is extremely regressive in its impact, with violence rates that are much higher in developing than developed countries; within countries, it is disproportionately concentrated among the most economically and socially vulnerable populations.

The violence problem is also disproportionately concentrated in almost every society among young people, which exacerbates the public health consequences of the problem. A key goal of public health is to minimize the number of years of potential life lost before age 65; among African American males in the US, nearly as many years of potential life are lost from homicide as from the nation's overall leading cause of death, heart disease. Further, by diverting resources from other pressing uses and driving taxpaying residents and businesses out of the city, violence also exacerbates almost every other policy problem cities face. Ludwig will examine what is known about the key causes and potential remedies for youth violence, drawing on examples from the University of Chicago Crime Lab's ongoing projects.

Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation professor of social service administration, law, and public policy at the University of Chicago, director of the Crime Lab, and codirector of the University's Urban Education Lab. In 2006 he was awarded the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's David Kershaw Prize for contributions to public policy by age 40, and in 2012 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Event Information
Thursday, Oct 24 2013 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
The Carleton of Oak Park
1110 Pleasant Street
Oak Park, IL 60302