On Sept. 16, 2013, a military subcontractor opened fire at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. When it was over, 13 people were dead, including the gunman – 34-year-old Aaron Alexis. 

Several people were shot and survived, including Jennifer Bennett, a civilian Navy employee. On Tuesday, Oct. 26 Ms. Bennett will be on campus to discuss that day and her book, Standing Still in a Culture of Mass Shootings

Her book details what happened that day. It describes the heroism of those who came to her aid, helped her flee to the building’s roof where she was rescued by helicopter and rushed to the hospital for life-saving treatment. Her story is also one of deep faith.

This book is, perhaps unfortunately, not the only one in our collection dealing with mass shootings. However, many of these works not only recount horrors of the past but offer perspectives on working to prevent such tragedies in the future. They include:

Ms. Bennet will speak from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Martin Institute Auditorium.