Public Lectures

Each year, our Faculty Ambassadors will help to organize and run 4 public lectures, hosted at and live streamed from Boston College through the Psychological Humanities and Ethics Lecture Series which offer lectures and workshops that promote interdisciplinary conversations focused on human identity, suffering, and potential, with particular concern for the enduring ethical questions at the heart of human existence.

Anger Gaslighting and Affective Injustice
<div>Clinical psychologists have treated gaslighting as a form of psychological abuse in interpersonal relationships, but the term is increasingly being used to describe manipulative tactics used in politics and culture to support large-scale social injustices like sexism and racism. What is the injury and injustice of gaslighting in this broader sense?</div> <div> </div> <div>Focusing on anger gaslighting as a paradigm case, Dr. Shiloh Whitney argues that gaslighting can be an affective injustice (an injustice that concerns emotions and affective influence). Dr. Whitney appeals both to contemporary scholarship on the moral psychology of anger and to a critical phenomenology of emotion to understand the moral and sociopolitical functions of anger, and to explain why anger gaslighting is a uniquely affective variety of both moral injury and a social injustice. </div> <div> </div> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/pce/courses/anger-gaslighting-and-affective-injustice">Register</a></span></p>
<p><b>Dr. Shiloh Whitney<br /> Online Lecture<br /> January 26 | 7PM-8:30PM </b></p> <p>If gaslighting makes its target doubt herself, anger gaslighting makes its target doubt herself about her anger. In this lecture, we will explore how anger gaslighting is a uniquely affective variety of both moral injury and a social injustice. <br /> </p>
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Ars Vitae: A Dialogue On Psychological Humanities
<p>This lecture explores the concept of ars vitae, Latin for the art of living. It calls on ancient ways of thinking about the enduring question of how to live in order to imagine new ways of addressing our challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwDIGHbmyPw"><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold">Watch the lecture</span></a></p>
<p><b>Dr. Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn<br /> Hybrid Lecture<br /> Watch the full lecture today!</b></p> <p>The lecture provides a critique of forms of self-centeredness dominant today and an argument for a new inwardness—the cultivation of an inner life—drawing on ancient wisdom, with particular attention to the insights of Plato and the Neoplatonists.<br /> </p>
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Forgiveness, Gratitude and Hope: A Positive Psychological, Philosophical and Theological Examination
<div>Developments in the relatively new field of positive psychology have focused sustained attention on character strengths and virtues, including the three at the heart of this discussion.<br /> </div> <div> </div> <div>Positive psychology tends to foreground the individual in cultivating character strengths; however, virtues are cultivated and sustained in communion with others. This presentation explores a key distinction between hoping-that and hoping-in. While the former describes the content of our hopes, the latter (which has its roots in Aquinas) focuses on how hope is kindled through other agents.</div> <div> </div> <p><b data-rte-class="rte-temp"><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/pce/courses/forgiveness-gratitude-and-hope-a-positive-psychological-philosophical-and-theological-examination">Register</a></span></b></p>
<p><b>Dr. Liz Gulliford<br /> In-Person Lecture<br /> February 21 | 4:30PM-5:30PM </b></p> <p>This lecture examines forgiveness, gratitude, and hope from multiple perspectives, drawing from literature in philosophy, theology, and psychology.<br /> </p>
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Guilt and Shame in the City: On the Necessities of Moral Legislation
<div>Every political community requires a certain degree of self-governance on the part of its citizens. It is impossible to rule, or even live among, those who will not rule themselves. According to Nietzsche and Freud, beneath that commonplace observation lurks an unsavory history of violence, cruelty, and fear. To become civilized, we must turn our aggressive instincts and drives against ourselves. We must learn, in other words, the pain and the pleasure of a bad conscience. </div> <div> </div> <div>In the course of our investigation, we will come upon some unsettling truths about the nature of political power and what it requires of those who are subjected to it, and those who would wield it.</div> <div> </div> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/pce/courses/guilt-and-shame-in-the-city-on-the-necessities-of-moral-legislation">Register</a></span></p>
<p><b>William J. Hendel, J.D.<br /> Online Lecture<br /> March 15 | 7PM-8:30PM </b></p> <p>In this lecture, we will consider how guilt and shame are essential to the success of any polity, how they are formed (and sometimes reformed) both in the community and the individual, and if they are destined to make us ill. <br /> </p>
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Kierkegaard for Clinicians: Finitude, Despair, and the Absurdity of Hope
<div>In <i>The Denial of Death</i>, Ernest Becker examines the import that the works of the 19th-century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard have on modern psychology. Calling Kierkegaard a psychoanalyst, he argues that the philosopher of religion saw deeper into the human psyche than most analysts today.</div> <div> </div> <div>Reading Kierkegaard not as a philosopher in the classical sense but a proto-psychotherapist, a precursor to Freud, Becker, Girard, and Lacan, participants will trace the early understandings of such fundamental psychological concepts as anxiety, despair, and repetition to the works of Kierkegaard and will explore his own concepts of absurdity, faith, mimesis, ethics, and desire. By the end of this course, participants will have an in-depth knowledge of the major works and ideas of one of modernity’s most prominent and influential thinkers.</div> <div> </div> <p><span class="btn btn-default btn-gold"><a href="https://bostoncollege-lsoe.catalog.instructure.com/browse/pce/courses/kierkegaard-for-clinicians-finitude-despair-and-the-absurdity-of-hope">Register</a></span></p>
<p><b>Matthew Clemente<br /> Online Learning Group<br /> January 26 - May 18 | </b><b style="background-color: transparent;">7PM-8:30PM </b></p> <p>Participants will meet to examine the psychological insights of Søren Kierkegaard, one of the 19th century's most formative thinkers. This learning group will meet on the third Thursday of each month from January to May (Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23, April 20, and May 18). <br /> </p>
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