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Connecticut school shooting and public mourning: Queen's University expert



Queen’s University professor Jill Scott can talk about public mourning and the mass shooting in Connecticut.
Dr. Scott can talk about the changes in social practices of mourning and the ways in which individuals and groups come to terms with the trauma of grief.
"In recent decades, public mourning has become a major phenomenon," says Dr. Scott, "especially after the death of a celebrity or public figure, such as Princess Diana, Michael Jackson or Jack Layton. But in the aftermath of a tragic incident as we saw in Connecticut, ordinary citizens can often find themselves overwhelmed by grief," says Dr. Scott.
Dr. Scott works in the Languages, Literatures & Cultures department at Queen’s and studies the social dynamics of mourning and grief. She is the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing.
Please note that between Dr. Scott will have limited availability from Tuesday afternoon and all-day Wednesday.
To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.
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