The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents John Rosenthal and Charlton McIlwain, with Edward Powell, discussing "Guns Don't Kill People; The Media Kill People" from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Moot Court Room of Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

John Rosenthal, Charlton McIlwain and Edward Powell

The media shape how we see things and have framed the national conversation on guns as "pro-gun vs. anti-gun" despite most perspectives being much more nuanced. Moderator Edward Powell, executive director of the Boston Foundation's StreetSafe Boston, shines a spotlight on how the media's view of reality exacerbates gun violence. He speaks with John Rosenthal, founder and chair of Stop Handgun Violence and a gun owner, and Charlton McIlwain, associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, to identify how TV, Internet, and newspaper reporting paints an inaccurate picture of how guns affect communities of color and engages in fear-mongering that fails to prevent further tragedies.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.