Benedictine University's 10th Annual Faith and Reason Symposium presents:

"The Family and Violence"

A Public Policy and Health Issue

Friday, April 7, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Goodwin Hall, Room 321

Sponsored by: The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at or (630) 829-6262,
or Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250.

The symposium brings together Benedictine faculty and other featured academics to discuss the social, political and health issues of violence’s impact within and on the family. As a Catholic university, Benedictine’s faith tradition calls for us to care for those in need. Scholars from the humanities, social and political science, and anthropology will give us an interdisciplinary approach to discuss this growing concern in our society.

Keynote Presentation

"Better Gatekeeping Can Prevent Targeted Violence"
Keynote Speaker:  Junaid M. Afeef, Director Targeted Violence Prevention Program
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Junaid M. Afeef Junaid M. Afeef is director of the Targeted Violence Prevention Program at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The program uses a public health approach to preventing ideologically inspired targeted violence. TVPP works with interested communities in building and sustaining community-level programs.  Mr. Afeef has over two decades of experience in the criminal justice system. Early in his career he worked in the Juvenile Justice/Child Protection Division of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. Mr. Afeef serves on various boards of religious, civic, and government entities.



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Schedule of Events
 9:00 - 9:30  Check-in; coffee, tea and pastries
 9:30 - 11:30  Morning presentations 
 11:30 - 1:00  Luncheon keynote with Junaid Afeef
 1:00 - 2:30  Afternoon presentations
Dr. Wilson Chen, Associate Professor of Literature

Professor Jim Derr, M.S., Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Clinical Pyschology Program

Dr. Jilana Ordman, Adjunct History Professor

Dr. Joel Ostrow, Professor of Political Science

Professor Teresa Parker, Art Department, Curator of University Art Collections

Dr. Patrick Polasek, Assistant Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program

Dr. Cesraea Rumpf, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Fannie Rushing, Professor of History