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Jane Prophet on Firearm Injury Prevention

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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.”

The Michi­gan Minds pod­cast is avail­able wher­ever you lis­ten to pod­casts — Apple Pod­casts, Google Play, Sound­Cloud, Stitcher, iHeartRa­dio, and Spotify. 

Michi­gan Minds | Firearm Injury Pre­ven­tion Series: The Role of Art and Design

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