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Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence

Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence

Videos from conference held Thursday, March 12, 2009 at UCLA.

Young people make up almost a fifth of the world's population. Close to 85 percent of the 1.1 billion young men and women between the ages of 15 and 24 live in developing countries. Rapid population growth, the unavailability of housing and support services, poverty, unemployment and underemployment among youth, the decline in the authority of local communities, overcrowding in poor urban areas, the disintegration of the family, and ineffective educational systems are some of the new pressures young people must deal with. This forum examines the issues facing young people today and explores the global phenomenon of youth involvement in violence--both as perpetrators and as victims--along with prescriptions and new approaches.

The event was sponsored by the UCLA African Studies Center, the Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Latin American Institute, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and USA for Africa.

Conference Videos

Andrew Apter, UCLA

UCLA Professor of Anthropology Andrew Apter, the director of the James S. Coleman African Studies Center, introduces a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Malia Lazu, UCLA

"It is critical that we recognize that youth are the solution and prop them up as such." Progressive organizer Malia Lazu addresses a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Alex Sanchez on Social Justice, UCLA

Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Social Justice Q&A, UCLA

Panelists respond to the audience at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Cheryl Keyes on Culture & Tech, UCLA

UCLA Professor of Ethnomusicology Cheryl L. Keyes speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Gregory (beef) Jones on Hip Hop, UCLA

In the world of hip hop, what is "The Glitch"? Gregory Jones of the Run Group speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Ben Herson on African Hip Hop, UCLA

Ben Herson of Nomadic Wax speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Julie Peteet on Palestinian Camps, UCLA

"If you look at the new generation, they're just trying to survive." Julie Peteet of the University of Louisville speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Juan Pacheco on Gangs, UCLA

Juan Pacheco of Barrios Unidos speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Malia Lazu on Mobilization, UCLA

"The fact that one out of four black men will go to jail is a moral crisis." Progressive organizer Malia Lazu speaks at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Culture & Tech Q&A, UCLA

Panelists respond to the audience at a March 12 forum at UCLA on "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

Ysamur Flores Pena on 'Homeboy Histories'

"Lets get the self-trained artists and the trained artists together." Ysamur Flores Pena of OTIS College of Art & Design addresses a March 12 forum at UCLA for "Global Perspectives on Youth & Violence."

UCLA International Institute