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Boston bombing and public mourning: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University professor Jill Scott is an expert in public mourning and is available to talk about President Obama taking part in an interfaith service in Boston today and how groups of runners across North America have been taking part in runs to support Boston Marathon bombing victims.

“As human beings we will always find ways to create ritual and ceremony as a way to cope and find value in something that is truly senseless and horrific. We need to find ways to make meaning out of things that are tragic,” says Dr. Scott, a Languages, Literatures and Cultures professor and the author of A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing. “These spontaneous runs are not like other vigils. They are not laying flowers or lighting candles. It’s a different kind of act to go out running with other people.”

Please note Dr. Scott is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact Queen’s University communication officers Michael Onesi (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca).

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