Tucson’s Ben’s Bells Project invites the Southern Arizona community to its 2015 Science of Kindness Conference keynote lecture Friday, Aug. 21 in DuVal Auditorium at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
A 6 p.m. reception will be followed by a 7 p.m. keynote address, “The Science of Violence and Compassion,” by Jeremy G. Richman, PhD, of The Avielle Foundation, father of one of the victims of the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Dr. Richman, an expert in neuropsychopharmacology who earned his doctorate at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy’s graduate program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, will be introduced by former U.S. Representative Ron Barber of Tucson. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will make concluding remarks.
Following the murder of his daughter Avielle, Dr. Richman and his wife Jennifer Hensel started The Avielle Foundation, which is committed to preventing violence and building compassion through brain health research, community education and engagement.
“At The Avielle Foundation, we seek a better understanding of the biological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion,” said Dr. Richman. “We can apply these insights to educate students, parents, teachers, health-care providers, and law enforcement about how to identify the signs and symptoms of someone troubled or in crisis, how to responsibly advocate for those at risk of violence to themselves or others, and most importantly, how to foster kind, healthy and compassionate individuals and communities.”
Seating at the event is limited. A $10 donation at the door for the reception and lecture.
This 4th Annual Kindness Conference is presented by Ben’s Bells in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, and by Banner – University Medical Center. For more information, please visit Ben’s Bells at www.bensbells.org