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Nov. 19, 2002
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Media Advisory

UC Santa Cruz professor and author speaks about violence and children at California State University, Dominguez Hills

"Kids and Guns: How Politicians, Experts and the Press Fabricate Fear of Youth"

CARSON, Calif. - Renowned researcher, author, and university professor, Mike Males, will speak at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) about his book, "Kids and Guns: How Politicians, Exerts, and the Press Fabricate Fear of Youth," on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 respectively, in the Loker University Student Union. Males' Wednesday discussion begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., while Thursday's discussion begins at 4 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. There will be a book signing beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the University Bookstore on Nov. 21.

WHO: UC Santa Cruz political science professor, Mike Males

WHAT: Book Signing and Lecture, "Kids and Guns: How Politicians, Experts, and the Press Fabricate Fear of Youth

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Loker University Student Union, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, Nov 21 at 4 p.m.

Males, a senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile Justice and sociology professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, is widely known as an advocate for social justice with regard to youth and their portrayal in today's media. "Kids and guns are not the problem," he was recently quoted, "but a diversion by a complacent, established America that propagates demographic myths about age and race, culture-war trivialities and sensational scapegoating to avoid facing its own violence." Males is expected to bring data that challenges popular assumptions about American youth.

Males is the author of: "The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents," "Smoked: Why Joe Camel is Still Smiling," and "Framing Youth: Ten Myths About the Next Generation.

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