The Bedford Lyceum

A Forum on the Arts, Spirituality, Science and Justice

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coordinated by Ellen Scheiner

* Note that until further notice Lyceums will follow a varying schedule and will be conducted “virtually” via Zoom. Watch this space for info.


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The Bedford Lyceum is a free forum on the arts, science, spirituality, and justice — made possible by the First Parish in Bedford.

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The Lyceum is Back!

The Bedford Lyceum is proud to present:

Gun Violence in the U.S.:

How Massachusetts Fits into the National Conversation on Guns

 with Ruth Zakarin, Executive Director

 Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence  

Gun violence is an incredibly complex issue that necessitates a complex and holistic set of responses. As the country grapples with an ever-increasing number of deaths from gun violence, we will talk about what that response in Massachusetts looks like, and how that fits in with national efforts to prevent more violence. Using the work of the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, we will explore how legislative change, addressing root causes, and sustained investment in community-based solutions can make more peaceful communities. We will also talk about the recent Supreme Court decision and the implications for Massachusetts and beyond.

SUNDAY, September 18th from 4pm–5pm via Zoom


Ruth Zakarin spent over 25 years working with youth and adults impacted by domestic and sexual violence before becoming the inaugural Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence in May of 2019. With over 120 member organizations, the Coalition works to address gun violence in all its forms through advocacy, public awareness, coalition building, and community organizing. Ruth has her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and is also trained as a community organizer. She is particularly interested in creating models of trauma informed advocacy and policy making. Outside of her Coalition work, Ruth is very involved in local interfaith organizing, is an avid knitter and foodie, and is the proud mom of two incredible young adults.

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Meeting ID: 947 4536 0650

Passcode: 269921

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** First Parish in Bedford is proud to host this presentation as part of The Bedford Lyceum, a monthly lecture series on a wide range of topics.  All talks are free and open to the public.   Registration is not required.  **