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Adler University Hosts 'Unforgotten'
 Exhibit on Gun Violence 09.12.16
Adler University Hosts 'Unforgotten'
Exhibit on Gun Violence

Adler University is hosting an exhibit, featuring four life-sized figures, dressed and posed to represent real people killed by gun violence.

The exhibit is part of Unforgotten, a public awareness campaign by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and currently traveling throughout the state. It will remain at Adler from Monday, September 12, through Monday, September 19.

The figures were created by a team of artists who studied videos and photographs of the victims in order to accurately capture their physical presence. The victims’ heights, weights, postures and styles are reflected in their respective statues—some are wearing the victim’s actual clothes. The one detail left out are the faces, an omission meant to reflect the loss of life.

The figures on the Chicago Campus represent the following victims of gun violence:

While Chicago is experiencing a record-breaking year for gun violence—already with more than 500 homicides—Illinois has an average 1,000 gun deaths each year.

The Unforgotten campaign has created a petition to require background checks on all gun sales, a state license for gun dealers and to give families the power to remove guns from people in crisis. You can sign the petition here.

On Wednesday, September 21, noon-1 p.m., the Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) is hosting The Unforgotten Panel: Exploring Responses to and Prevention of Violence in Chicago.

Speakers include:

  • Maria Pike: Mother of Ricky Pike, killed in Chicago in August, 2012; representing several groups, including Everytown and Moms Demand Action
  • Mark Walsh, Campaign Director for Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and curator for the Unforgotten
  • Fred Seaton, Victim Advocate Specialist and Outreach Worker at Institute for Nonviolence Chicago

The panel will be moderated by Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of IPSSJ

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.