Gun Control

Lecture – History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Weapons

This is from our Gun Control Desk – Melissa Rigazio

We the People presents:
Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense
A Free Lecture by author Caroline Light,Professor and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Harvard University.
May 15, 2017 at 7 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter

Dr. Light will be speaking about her recently published book, Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense.

In this study of the ideological roots of “stand your ground,” Caroline Light traces white America’s attachment to racialized, lethal self-defense, from the original “castle laws” to the radicalization of the NRA. As the world’s first stand your ground nation, Light shows how the U.S. has legalized violent self-defense for the most privileged and made the most marginalized more vulnerable. Light’s research reveals how the “duty to retreat” from threat has been transformed into a selective right to kill. Renny Cushing, six term New Hampshire State Representative from Hampton, will also provide an overview of the current status of “stand your ground” law in NH.

Caroline Light holds a doctorate in history, with a focus on gender, race, and sexuality in the U.S. South. Her research interests include transnational feminist histories, immigration, U.S. consumer culture, and intersections of citizenship, race, and sexuality in the United States. Prior to coming to Harvard, she taught courses at Duke University and coordinated Duke’s Institute for Critical U.S. Studies. Dr. Light is also the author of That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South.

Caroline Light’s talk is presented by We the People, a free lecture and film series exploring issues at the intersection of current events, ethics and religion. We the People is co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter, in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore. The talk will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm Street,which is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, go to, or call 772-4216.

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