Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Constitution Day, September 17, marked with a debate/discussion on gun control

In recognition of Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17, the Penn State Hazleton Faculty Lecture Committee has planned an event to debate and discuss “Gun Control – A Civil Debate on a Loaded Topic.” The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in 1 Kostos Building at Penn State Hazleton.

Representing opposing views on the topic are Dr. Arthur Romano and Robert Farago. Romano is an expert in conflict analysis and resolution, while Farago is writer and founder for the gun blog The Truth About Guns (TTAG). 

According to Romano and Farago, this debate and conversation will allow a civil and honest discussion of the role guns play in our society. The debate tones down the rhetoric and politics to critically engage with multiple perspectives on the issue and to foster a constructive conversation. It serves as a model for students and community members to find ways to be passionate about their position, but respectful in their language and presentation so that they can actually be heard.

Romano is a certified nonviolence trainer, international peace educator and strategic consultant. He has implemented innovative educational programs in Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the US. Those programs have supported thousands of students in learning practical strategies for building healthy communities, preventing violence and productively engaging with conflict. In 2010, he joined renowned civil rights legend Dr. Bernard LaFayette in conducting nonviolence trainings with combatants from the conflict-affected southern region of Nigeria after they agreed to put down their guns and seek justice through other means. Dr. Romano currently serves as a professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.

Farago founded The Truth About Guns (TTAG) in February of 2010 to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns. In his career as a news writer he has worked for WBRU-FM Providence, CNN and Superstation WTBS, where he produced Good News. Before founding TTAG, Robert started the popular blog The Truth About Cars. Currently, TTAG is the world's most popular firearms blog with roughly 1 million readers per month.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. Additional information on Constitution Day is available at www.constitutionday.com.

For additional information on this event or others at Penn State Hazleton, contact the Public Information Office at 570-450-3180 or visit www.hn.psu.edu.

Email this story to a friend Facebook Twitter