Tickets available for panel discussion on mass shootings

Tickets are available beginning Monday, March 4, for a panel discussion featuring individuals associated with of some of the nation’s most tragic mass shootings, including Sandy Hook, Stoneman Douglas and Columbine.

The discussion, titled “Survival and Moving Forward”, is 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown. The event is part of the Centofanti Symposium at Youngstown State University.

While the event is free, tickets are required for admission. Tickets are available at the Stambaugh box office or online at

Panelists include:

  • Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the perpetrators at the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.
  • Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was killed Feb. 14, 2018, when a gunman entered Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
  • Kaitlin Roig, former teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., site of a mass shooting in 2012.
  • Brandon Wolf, survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting
  • Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed by a white supremacist in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.

The lecture is sponsored by the James and Coralie Centofanti Foundation, which in 2012 established the Centofanti Center of Health and Welfare for Vulnerable Populations at the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services at YSU. The symposium has brought an array of nationally- and internationally-recognized speakers to Youngstown over the last seven years.

The panel discussion is part of the YSU Lecture Series. Other upcoming events in the series includes the Skeggs Lecture 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Stambaugh Auditorium featuring Dan Abrams, the host of the hit TV show “LivePD”, and Nancy Grace, host of “Nancy Grace” on HLN and “Closing Arguments” on Court TV; and the Thomas Colloquium 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Stambaugh Auditorium featuring Eddie George, star running back who won the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State and played nine seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans. Admission for those lectures is also free, but tickets are required and available at the Stambaugh box office or online at

For more information on all of the events, contact Jackie Leviseur at 330-941-2136 or