[act-ma] May 3 forum: Torture and the American Psyche -- Brookline

Stephen Soldz ssoldz at soldzresearch.com
Thu May 1 15:43:25 PDT 2008

May 3: Torture and the American Psyche 

Here’s an announcement of an upcoming forum on the role of psychologists and
other health providers in American torture, and on cultural ad psychological
aspects of our nation's tolerance for torture. A flyer, suitable for
printing and posting, is available here
ture-flyer_v4.pdf> :

Torture and the American Psyche:
Blurring the Boundaries Between Healers and Interrogators
Saturday, May 3, 2008,
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

First Parish Unitarian Church,
382 Walnut Street,
Brookline, MA

admission is free


Every day the news brings further details about our country’s recent use of
torture and other detainee abuse in national security, and of the debates
among our leaders and citizens of practical, legal, and ethical implications
of this use. We invite concerned citizens and members of the mental health
professions to join together in an open discussion of the far reaching human
and moral implications of our nation’s use of torture.

We will discuss the emotional and ethical consequences of being members of a
society that sanctions torture and that uses psychologists to make sure
abuse is medically and “ethically” conducted. We will have three speakers,
followed by a discussion among the panelists and with the members of the
audience on the diverse aspects of this topic. Our aim is to facilitate a
discussion which will include the emotional, ethical and spiritual
dimensions of this topic and allow room for all to participate.

We understand that the topic will give pause to all who consider attending
and care will be taken to ensure that the discussion will not devolve into a
political diatribe or an immersion into a graphic depiction of torture. We
hope that some perspective on feasible actions may emerge from the


Eric Fair currently a divinity student at Princeton will speak from his
experience as a civilian contract interrogator in Baghdad, Fallujah, and Abu
Ghraib in early 2004. He will lend his first person account to our

Leonard Rubenstein, J.D. President of Physicians for Human Rights, a Nobel
Prize winning organization, is an attorney and veteran of many human rights
struggles. He will speak of the role of torture in our contemporary
political culture.

David Sloan-Rossiter, Ph.D. will bring his long standing interest in using a
psych oana¬lytic perspective to aid communities to the role of moderator of
the program. He is co-chair of the Curriculum Committee at Boston Institute
for Psychotherapy and Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Stephen Soldz, Ph.D. a local psychoanalyst, social activist and Professor at
the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, is one of the nation’s leaders
in opposing psycholo¬gist participation in torture and abuse. He will speak
to the history of that struggle in the context of the broader struggle for
human rights.


Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Institute for the Study of
Boston Institute for Psychotherapy
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
Brookline PeaceWorks
Coalition for an Ethical Psychology
First Parish of Brookline
Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Physicians for Human Rights
Psychoanalytic Institute of New England
Psychologists for Social Responsibility–End Torture Action Committee

Registration is not required but would help us anticipate attendance. If you
are interested in attending this program, please email MLoug23 at aol.com by
Monday, April 28, 2008.

Download flyer here
ture-flyer_v4.pdf> .

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