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Bending the Arc

Welcome to Bending the Arc, the new podcast from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice. We’ll talk about issues in which the moral universe just doesn’t seem to be bending toward justice quite quickly enough, and we’ll highlight the people helping it get there.You’ll hear from people that are most affected and vulnerable to societal injustices and, those working tirelessly to help them – researchers, policymakers, advocates, social workers. We’ll pair a critical lens on our present with one peering into a more just future.

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Episode 2: Violence: Seeing the Forest From the Trees

At the March for Our Lives, 17-year-old South Los Angeles native Edna Chavez shared her experience of growing up surrounded by violence. “I learned how to duck from bullets before I learned how to read!” she told the crowd of protestors. While FBI crime statistics for 2016 suggest violent crime is on the rise, a closer read reveals that the type of endemic violence that Edna spoke of is both hyper-localized and long-lasting, suggesting that current policy is missing the mark.To broaden our thinking and help us understand what we’re missing, we turn to Dr. Kalen Flynn, a triple alumnus of Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice and a new Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She applies her groundbreaking research on violence to old human development models, allowing us to see how words, biases, and punitive and discriminatory policy and funding models are, themselves, types of violence we too often ignore.


1 Aug 2018

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