Evening Conversation: Witness to an Extreme Century

On September 14, 2011, at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City, the Dart Center will host an evening event with renowned psychiatrist and public intellectual Robert Jay Lifton.

Please join us for an evening with the renowned psychiatrist and public intellectual, Robert Jay Lifton.  Lifton will discuss his acclaimed new autobiography, "Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir" (Free Press, Simon & Schuster), in a public conversation with Bruce Shapiro, contributing editor at The Nation and executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia Journalism School. The event, co-sponsored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and The Nation, will take place Wednesday, September 14th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Columbia Journalism School.

Robert Jay 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.”

About the sponsors

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia Journalism School, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.  Through its awards and fellowship programs, professional development, research, website and other work, the Dart Center provides journalists and news professionals around the world with the resources necessary to meet the challenges of reporting on street crime, family violence, natural disaster, war and human rights.

The Nation is America’s oldest weekly news magazine and the most widely read journal of political thought. The Nation and TheNation.com serves as a critical, independent voice in American journalism, offering reporting and analysis of breaking news, politics, social issues and the arts. Often considered “the flagship” of the left, The Nation sparks debate on critical issues in the progressive community and offers a platform for independent ideas.