Columbia Journalism School
116th and Broadway
New York NY
September 14, 2011, 6:00 - 8:00pm
An evening event with the renowned psychiatrist and public intellectual.
Robert Jay Lifton will discuss his career, our times and his acclaimed new autobiography, "Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir," in a public conversation at the Columbia Journalism School with Bruce Shapiro, contributing editor at The Nation and executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Lifton is a pioneering and wide-ranging researcher and thinker on war crimes, nuclear war, traumatic stress and the relationship between history and psychology, and the author of more than ten critically acclaimed books and hundreds of scholarly and popular articles.
In "Witness to an Extreme Century," Lifton charts the adventurous and constantly surprising course of his fascinating life journey, from a "Jewish Huck Finn childhood" in Brooklyn to his encounters with the consequences of cruelty and destructiveness led him to become a passionate social activist. "Witness to an Extreme Century" has been called "an excellent and important work," “an exquisite example of how intelligence, erudition, and depth of feeling combine to make redeeming wisdom,” “stunning,” “extraordinary” and “a call for a moral awakening by a deeply compassionate chronicler of our times.”
Lecturer, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance
Robert Jay Lifton, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, has written about various destructive historical events, and is the author of a recent memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century.
Your contributions help the Dart Center nurture informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide.
The Dart Center is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.