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Sponsored by the African American Student Group & the Hispanic Student Association


Date: Monday, March 17, 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Registration: Open to public

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Stotts Hall
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705

Register here.


The purpose of the HESED lectureship is to promote awareness and church involvement in the area of social justice, thus enabling ‘hesed,’ which is Hebrew for justice, lovingkindness, and mercy.

The first lectureship will focus on “Youth Violence in Urban Centers,” as we realize that many of our minority youth are affected by the pervasive effect of violence. It is the groups' collective hope that this forum will help to bring awareness and to mobilize our area pastors and current (and former) students to become active participants in bringing justice and mercy to these youth and the community.

“The Interrupters” Trailer

You can find more information on the film here.

Schedule (Tentative)

6:00-6:30--Dinner & Welcome

6:30-7:00--Film screening, showing part of "The Interrupters"

7:00-7:45--Interrupters' presentation (Eddie Bocanegra & Mike Davis)

7:45-7:55--Student Responses to the film (Steve Miller & J.D. Herrera)

7:45:8:30--Panel Discussion (Dr. Gregory Cuellar, Sgt. Robert Hawkins, Senior Chaplain Rick Randall, Sheila Dismuke-Willams)

8:30-9:00--Q&A and close

About Additional Presenters

Lil Mikey

Lil Mikey is a young man who at at very young age was incarcerated leaving behind 3 younger siblings. At return home Michael made up his mind he wanted better for his family and himself and used his past 2 help youth today see hope being able 2 relate in age and everyday life. He works with youth on the daily basis and was also the youngest employed worker of Ceasefire the organization and campaign to stop shootings and mediate conflicts.


About the Guests

Eddie Bocanegra (from The Interrupters film)

When he was 18 years old, Eddie Bocanegra went to jail for the murder of another man in a gang-related shooting. Now, seventeen years later, Eddie is using the experiences from his past to stop gang violence by working with CeaseFire, a Chicago violence prevention program. Eddie is one of CeaseFire’s Violence Interrupters, men and women with ties to Chicago’s gangs, who “leverage their knowledge of the city to diffuse tensions and, hopefully, maintain peace by meeting with individuals, negotiating truces, and discouraging retaliation when conflicts erupt.”

Senior Chaplain Rick Randall, Austin Police Department Chaplain

Senior Chaplain Randall helped begin the program of pastors as chaplains for the APD in 1999. Randall has described the experience of being chaplain as, "one of the most rewarding things I do with my life. I get to minister to a segment of the community that may never see the light of Christ and I can bring the love of Christ into a crisis environment. At a time of arrest or death, I can pray with people and explain to them, ‘There’s another way to live.’”

Sergeant Robert Hawkins, Austin Police Department

Originally from Houston, Sgt. Hawkins graduated from the University of Texas in 1994 (BA – Government). Hawkins has been with the APD for 19 years, spending his first 6 years on patrol as an officer, the next 10 years as a detective, and the past 3 years as a Sergent.  He is currently one of the supervisors for the APD Gang Suppression Unit and also the FBI Violent Crime/Gang Task Force (deputized as a federal agent by the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s Service).  



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