Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Conference on ‘Understanding Our Gun Culture’

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Conference on ‘Understanding Our Gun Culture’

1/11/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will hold its Third Annual John D. Stratton Conference on March 31 and April 1 and topic of this year’s ACN conference is “Understanding Our Gun Culture.”

The conference will be held on the campus of Ashland University and attendees staying overnight are offered a conference rate through the Holiday Inn Express in Ashland. Contact 419.281.2900 for room reservations and mention the “Understanding Our Gun Culture” conference. Please book on or before March 10, 2017, to secure the conference rate. 

The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Randolph Roth, professor of history and sociology at Ohio State University, who will speak on “Guns Are and Aren’t the Problem: The Relationship between Firearms and Homicide in American History.”

Roth is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Historical Review, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Crime Trends.

Roth is the author of “American Homicide” (The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press, 2009), which received the 2011 Michael J. Hindelang Award from American Society of Criminology for the outstanding contribution to criminology over the previous three years, and the 2010 Allan Sharlin Memorial Prize from the Social Science History Association for the outstanding book in social science history. The book is an interregional, internationally comparative study of homicide in the United States from colonial times to the present.

Roth is currently completing “Child Murder in America,” a study of homicides of and by children from colonial times to the present. It will be a companion volume to American Homicide.

The ACN conference also will feature presentations from a variety of national experts, including:


  • "Narratives of the Gun Paradox" - Amanda Gillespie (Miami University)
  • "Should Concealed Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses?" - Ian Young (Bowling Green State University)
  • "Guns and their Owners as Material and Affective Assemblages: Notes toward an Ethnographic Account of American Gun Culture" - Michael Grigoni (Duke University)
  • "Social Violence: Role of Gun Culture" - Binod Kumar (University of Dayton)
  • "Who Owns Handguns?: An Analysis of the Correlates of Handgun Ownership" - Mitchell Gresham (Bowling Green State University)
  • "A Carribbean Perspective: Gender and Age Lessons Learned from assessment of youth on youth violence factors of School Bonding, Protective, Threat, and Risk Factors" - Carolyn Gentle-Genitty (Indiana University)
  • "The American Gun Culture: Potential Impact on K-12 School Violence" - Gordon Crews (Tiffin University)
  • "Fatal and Non-fatal Shooting Incidents: Understanding the Circumstances of Victimization" - Lauren Magee (Michigan State University) and Natalie Kroovand Hipple (Indiana University)
  • "Gun Shops as Local Institutions: Federal Firearms Licensees, Social Disorganization, and Neighborhood Violent Crime" - Trent Steidley (University of Denver)
  • "The Storied Gun: Using Narrative to Grasp the Moral Logic of Guns in America" - Mark Ryan (University of Dayton)
  • "But the Disciples Did Not Carry Guns: The Apparent Contradiction of the Gun Rights Christians" - Matt Stolick (University of Findlay)
  • "A Study in Contrasts: European Domestic Control of Guns and their International Export" - Rachel Boaz (Baldwin Wallace University)

Conference registration is open now and early bird pricing is available through Feb. 15, 2017, at a cost of $50 for general admission, $40 for ACN member and $25 for student rate. Registrations can be made by visiting

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