Jane Prophet, PhD, associate dean for research at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, was a featured guest on the Michigan Minds podcast as part of a special series on on firearm injury prevention research at the University of Michigan.
Prophet serves as a member of the U‑M Firearm Injury Prevention Steering Committee, which aims to provide recommendations to U‑M President Mark Schlissel on an overarching structure to lead the nation in the study and prevention of firearm injury and death.
In the Michigan Minds podcast, Prophet discusses the ways artists and designers at Stamps serve as valued members of interdisciplinary research teams — especially in the realm of public health and wellbeing. Prophet also explores the positive impacts that art and design can foster in communities healing from firearm injury — and seeking to prevent it.
“When artists and designers engage with these difficult or controversial topics, they encourage people to think, to come together,” Prophet said. “Some of the artworks are basically healing how do we come together after some very traumatic experience and heal from that process. And in other ways it may just be about opening up the conversation. When topics are very polarized, it’s really important to find spaces where we can meet and talk, or even just privately look at something and have a different thought.”
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Michigan Minds | Firearm Injury Prevention Series: The Role of Art and Design