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Jan. 10, 2012 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (ret.), one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the causes of violence and violent crime, will present “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre. 

The co-author of the book Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence, Grossman will argue in his presentation that youth are being desensitized to violence through various media. 


Grossman will also present “Basic Psychological Process for Mass Casualties Resulting from Violent Crime” earlier that day from 2–4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Lobby. This event is part of the Viterbo Safe Lecture Series. Both events are free and open to the public.


Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker. He is the author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. On Killing deals with the fact that most soldiers are loath to kill, but armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. Grossman argues in his book that civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s techniques and is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young. On Killing is required reading by the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant, the FBI academy, and numerous other academies and universities.  

A former Airborne Ranger infantry officer with 23 years experience leading U.S. soldiers, West Point psychology professor, and Professor of Military Science, Grossman is the founder of the field of study he calls “killology.” In this field, he has made very significant contributions to the understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the causes of the current epidemic of violent crime in the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence. 

Grossman has presented at over 100 colleges and universities and has provided training to countless educators and law enforcement professionals in all 50 states and in more than 12 nations. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, Congressional committees, and numerous state legislatures. 

This presentation is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute of Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series. For a complete schedule, visit 



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