Conference on Evil

When: April 30th - May 1st, 2005

Where: Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th St., New York, NY

The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health and The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy announces a major multi-disciplinary two day conference on Evil.

It will be held at the Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, New York, NY on April 30th and May 1st of 2005.

The conference is designed to be a dialogue among psychoanalysts, philosophers, and theologians.

The topic will be addressed by each discipline in separate segments of the conference. One or two brief papers will precede an in-depth
discussion among the participants with maximum audience participation. The conference will conclude with a plenary session in which all
participants and the audience will have the opportunity to discuss the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The participants are:

Philosophy: Susan Neiman, Wendy Doniger and Cornel West.

Moderator: Joel Whitebook (Saturday morning).

Psychoanalysis: Ana Marie Rizzuto, Ann Ulanov, Paul Ornstein, and James Grotstein.
Moderator: William Dubin. (Saturday afternoon).

Theology: Emilie Townes, James Allison, Eugene Borowitz, Majid Fakhry. Moderator: Christopher Morse (Sunday morning).

Plenary Session: All participants. Moderator: Marlin Brenner (Sunday afternoon).

The conference will also feature:

Lance Morrow, noted Time correspondent and author of a recent book Evil: An Investigation, as keynote speaker on Saturday morning.

The Honorable Charles Rangel, noted New York Congressman, as luncheon speaker on Saturday on the topic of "The Politics of Evil".

Daniel Brenner, who will present a film and conduct a discussion on "Evil in Film" on Saturday evening.

Registration begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning.

Continental Breakfast is served each morning beginning at 8:30 AM.

Program begins at 9 AM on Saturday and 9:30 AM on Sunday.


$275 Two-Day Admission: add $40 for Saturday Lunch with Charles Rangel.

$150 Clergy, Academics, Seniors over 65, Students, Candidates, Residents and Interns: add $40 for Saturday Lunch with Charles Rangel.

To request a brochure: email or call Gene Yellin: , 212 564 4067.

To register now, fill out the information below and send a check payable to MCMH (Metropolitan Center for Mental Health) to:

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Speakers Bios

Wendy Doniger, Ph.D., Ph.D. from Harvard University and D.Phil. from Oxford University. Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Prolific author of numerous volumes including The Origin of Evil in Hindu Mythology.

Lance Morrow, B.A. Professor, Boston University. Author, Evil: An Investigation. Award winning essayist for TIME magazine on politics, culture, and international affairs. His next book , The Best Year Of Their Lives: Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon in 1948 will be published by in the spring of 2005.

Ana-Maria Rizzuto, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East. Author, The Birth of the Living God. A Psychoanalytic Study , Why did Freud Reject God. A Psychodynamic Interpretation. Co-authored with Drs. W. W. Meissner, S.J. and Dan H. Buie, The Dynamics of Human Aggression: Theoretical Foundations and Clinical Applications.

Daniel A. Brenner, M.D. Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Advanced candidate in psychoanalysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society. Graduate of Harvard University, Tufts Medical School. Member of the clinical faculty at Cambridge Hospital. Private practice, Cambridge, MA.

James Alison, S.T.L., Doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Author of numerous books including Knowing Jesus, Raising Abel: The Joy of Being Wrong, Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments Catholic and Gay. Currently works as a highly sought after itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver in South America, the United States and England. Lives in London.

James S. Grotstein, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society. Author of 237 published papers and the author, editor, and/or co-editor of eight books. Most recent book is Who Is the Dreamer Who Dreams The Dream?: A Study of Psychic Presences.

Emilie Townes, Ph.D., Doctor of Ministry, Univ. of Chicago Divinity School. Ph.D. in Religion in Society and Personality, Northwestern Univesity. Member, Society of Christian Ethics, Society for the Study of Black Religion, and American Academy of Religion. Editor, A Troubling in My Soul: Womanist perspectives on Evil and Suffering. Author, Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope. Teaches at the Union Theological Seminary.

Paul Ornstein, M.D., Professor of Psychoanalysis (Emeritus), University of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry; Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard University, Co-Director, International Center for the Study of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology; Training and Supervising Analyst, Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute.

Susan Nieman, Ph.D. Author of many books, most recently Evil in Modern Thought., which has received numerous awards. Director of the Einstein Forum, an international forum which fosters intellectual interchange between the public and major international thinkers. Studied at Harvard and the Freie Universität Berlin. Taught at Yale and Tel Aviv University.

Ann Ulanov, M. Div., Ph.D., L.H.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary. Supervising analyst and faculty member of the C. G. Jung Institute, New York City. Author, The Feminine in Christian Theology and in Jungian Psychology, Receiving Woman: Studies in the Psychology and Theology of the Feminine, Picturing God; The Wisdom of the Psyche. In private practice.

Congressman Charles B. Rangel, In his seventeenth term as Representative from the 15th Congressional District. Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means. Founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Graduate of St. John's School of Law. Elected to the 92nd Congress in 1970, and re-elected to each succeeding congress.

Cornel West, Ph.D. , Professor of Religion at Princeton University. AB from Harvard and PhD from Princeton. Taught at Yale and Princeton, where he was former Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies. Author of many books including Race Matters, Restoring Hope, Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin. Frequent guest in many forums and considered one of America's most prominent intellectuals.

Eugene B. Borowitz, HUC-JIR, Ed.D, Professor of Education and Jewish Religious Thought at HUC-JIR/New York. Ordained by the College and earned doctorates there and at Columbia University. Dean of American Jewish philosophers, specializes in contemporary Jewish thought and ethics. Recent Books include Choices in Modern Jewish Thought, Liberal Judaism, and Exploring Jewish Ethics.

Majid Fakhry, Ph.D., Professor Emeritis and former Chairman, Philosophy Department., American University of Beirut. Currently teaches at Georgetown University. Author, A History of Islamic Philosophy, Ethical Theories in Islam, and The Qur'an, A Modern English Version as well as other works in Arabic.




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