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Domestic Violence and Spanking: Are They Connected?
The Houston Association of Black Journalists and Rice University present “Conversations in the Round,” a panel discussion on domestic and family violence.
October 15, 2014 – On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the Houston Association of Black Journalists (HABJ) and Rice University will hold the first in a series of panel discussions titled “Conversations in the Round,” which will focus on top stories in the news. The panel will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Farnsworth Pavilion on the Rice University campus.
The panel, moderated by KPRC Local 2’s Keith Garvin, will discuss domestic violence and spanking in regard to recent events involving NFL players Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson. Confirmed panelists include Sonia Corrales, chief program officer with the Houston Area Women’s Center; Dr. Janice M. Beal, clinical psychologist with Beal Counseling Associates; Tabatha Conway, Child Protective Services; and Chester Pitts, sports analyst and an original Houston Texan.
Topics to be discussed include:
1. How should the media cover family violence issues?
2. Is spanking child abuse? Should all spanking be outlawed?
3. What effect have the recent cases involving NFL players had on the issues?
4. Should corporations discipline employees who are charged with domestic/family violence offenses?
5. Is there a double-standard when it comes to domestic violence?
“These issues have always been important in our community, but they have garnered more attention of late thanks to high-profile cases involving NFL players,” said HABJ president Jerome Solomon, a columnist with the Houston Chronicle. “This is an excellent opportunity to get experts together to discuss these pressing topics and hopefully make a difference.”
The panel discussion is FREE and open to the public.