Common Read Takes Stand Against Violence

Each year, students in NCC’s Freshman Seminar course read a common book. This year’s Common Read selection, Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, inspired an in-depth look at violence in our society and the rise of shootings in public places such as schools, houses of worship and entertainment venues.

From Nov. 12-14, NCC held a variety of Common Read events exploring anti-gun activism, trauma, the physiology of gun violence, and what to do in an active shooter situation. Students were invited to share their thoughts on gun violence by writing a poem, reciting a persuasive speech or performing a rap. Theater and choral students gave live performances.

The keynote event featured poems read by faculty and staff and a panel discussion with guest experts including Bullets into Bells co-editor Brian Clements, whose wife, Abbey, taught at Sandy Hook School in Newtown and survived the shooting. The panel also included Po Kim Murray, co-founder of the Newtown Action Alliance; Dr. William Begg, director of emergency services at Danbury Hospital, who was the doctor on call during the Newtown shooting; and Iran Nazario, founder and CEO of the Peace Center of Connecticut.