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Killing in the Name of Identity

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“Why do they hate us so?” Vamik Volkan (three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally renowned political psychologist) explores the "we-they" riddle and the relationship between large-group identities and conflict, trauma and its aftermath. What are we capable of doing in the name of large-group identity? If unresolved trauma is passed on how does the next generation resolve this tragic inheritance? Volkan has worked for decades examining conflicts between opposing large groups across the globe and offers a compelling lens for understanding warfare and sectarian/ethnic conflict, one that is rich in cultural, developmental, and psychoanalytic perspectives. Join us for this fascinating discussion that offers tools for understanding and approaching the tide of ethnic and sectarian conflict and violence unfolding across the globe with psychoanalytically informed diplomatic strategies.


Copresented by The Oregon Psychoanalytic Center, The World Affairs Council, and  Portland State University's Center for Public Humanities


Also: The Oregon Psychoanalytic Center Continuing Education presents an all-day special program with Volkan (Continuing Medical Education credits available) on Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m-4 p.m. at Lewis & Clark College.
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