Author | Carey Manzolillo

Neuroscientist, Sandy Hook parent to explore science of violence and compassion at Albright

September 28, 2018

Albright College’s 18th annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Lecture on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., will explore “The Science of Violence and Compassion: Being Human(e)” with neuroscientist Jeremy Richman, founder of the Avielle Foundation — named for his daughter killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. This free event will be held in the college’s Student Center, South Lounge, and is and open to the public.

Brain science is the least explored of all sciences. As a result, there is a lot of fear, trepidation and stigma associated with the invisible world of brain (or mental) illnesses. On Oct. 4, Jeremy Richman, Ph.D., will discuss what is and isn’t known about the risk factors for engaging in violent behavior and protective factors that build connection, compassion and resilience.

Richman is a neuroscientist who worked in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years. After his daughter was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary, he and his wife started the Avielle Foundation to support research on the neuro-biological and environmental factors associated with violence and compassion. His work has been featured nationally in publications such as NPR and National Geographic.

Each year, Albright’s annual Ellen S. Hurwitz Presidential Lecture on Faith, Reason and the Imagination in the Liberal Arts invites world-class leaders to Albright to foster conversations across the college community, connecting learning, creativity and spirituality. 2018 marks the lecture’s 18th year.