The Harvard Institute on Global Health (HIGH) and the Harvard International Negotiation Program Present:
“On Embracing Evil: The Psychology of
Robert Jay Lifton
Professor Dan Shapiro
What impels people to use religion, ideology, or professional privilege as tools for destructive action? What is the mindset that can take one from healing to killing, or to participation in mass atrocity? Hear firsthand from Robert Jay Lifton about his landmark interviews with Nazi doctors, and see a portion of a new documentary film on his work.
Date: November 16, 2010
Time: 7:00PM to 9:00PM (including reception)
Location: Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) South, Belfer Case Study Room, 1737 Cambridge Street, Harvard University
Robert Jay Lifton is a lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Psychology, The City University of New York, where he was Director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival. He held the Foundations’ Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades. Among his many books are The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide (which won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima (which won a National Book Award).