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[] Workshop on War & Terrorism at Church Center for the United Nations



A Workshop with Richard A. Koenigsberg, PhD

The Psychology of War and Terrorism

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006     Time: 10 am - 2 pm (recess: 12 - 1 pm) 

Location: Church Center for the United Nations
                    777 United Nations Plaza
                    (44th St. & First Avenue-across the street from the
United Nations)
                    12th Floor
                    New York, NY 10017

Cost: $70    CE Credits: 3.0     Contact: Orion Anderson: 718-393-1104 

Registration: Please click
<> here for further
information. Seating is limited. Please register now. 

approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing
education for psychologists. ISMHP maintains responsibility for the program:
His Excellency, Ambassador Anthony DeLuca, Ph.D., Dean ISMHP. Under the
auspices of Syrian Orthodox Church in America, associated with the
Department of Public Information of the United Nations. 

Please CLICK  <> HERE for
further information and to register for the Presentation and Workshop
"Something to Kill and Die For" with Richard A. Koenigsberg, PhD 


Workshop Description: 

What are the causes of collective political violence? What events or
motivations bring religious and political leaders-and the people they
represent-to give over lives and resources to armed conflict? What justifies
the sacrifices made in war and terrorism?

In 1994, Dick Cheney appeared on "Meet the Press" and stated that Haiti was
"not worth American lives." Senator Glenn suggested that the case for
intervention could not pass the "Dover Test"-the televised return of body
bags. In the twenty years since Viet Nam, only about 400 U. S. soldiers had
been killed in action. For a time, it seemed that the grand narrative of
warfare had lost its appeal. 

Then, the events of September 11th, 2001 changed everything. The United
States responded-not only to the actions of the terrorists, but to the
taunting words of Bin Laden, who addressed Americans declaring:

"Your most disgraceful case was in Somalia. When tens of your soldiers were
killed in minor battles and one American pilot was dragged through in the
streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation,
defeat and your dead with you. The extent of your impotence and weaknesses
became very clear."

The subsequent American response to Bin Laden's provocation served to
demonstrate-in no uncertain terms-that the United States was not weak; that
Americans too possessed ideals and strength of conviction for which they
were willing to kill and die. We now find ourselves-again-in the midst of a
world of political violence-a world that we seemed to be on the verge of
leaving behind. 

Were the events of September 11, 2001 responsible for the world-wide
struggle in which we now find ourselves? Or is a deeper psychology at work,
driving people on all sides of the conflict to seek out "something to kill
and die for?"

John Lennon asked people to imagine a world with "nothing to kill or die
for." Post-modernism proposed the "death of grand narratives," while
multiculturalism and globalization articulated the desire to abandon rigid
boundaries. Now we seem to have returned to the bipolar, cold-war narrative
of a global clash between antagonistic ideologies. 

Using case studies from history-as well as contemporary examples-this
workshop will explore the dynamics of collective forms of violence such as
terrorism and war; the motives that generate killing and dying in the name
of religious and national ideals.

Please CLICK  <> HERE for
further information and to register for the Presentation and Workshop
"Something to Kill and Die For" with Richard A. Koenigsberg, PhD 


Who Should Attend: 

Teachers, students and practitioners from the disciplines of psychology,
psychiatry, psychoanalysis, anthropology, sociology, political science,
international relations and diplomacy. Scholars and students focusing on the
topics of conflict resolution, peace and war studies, militarism,
nationalism, ethnic conflict, political psychology, and terrorism;
journalists wishing to explore the deeper roots of today's conflicts; and
the educated layperson seeking to comprehend the sources of collective forms
of violence in the Twntieth and Twenty-First Centuries. 


Learning Objectives: Through presentation and discussion, participants will

*	The nature of attachment to "sacred objects" that transforms
violence into a form of virtue 

*	The human tendency to bifurcate the world into categories of "good"
and "evil." 

*	The need for and symbolic meaning of enemies. 

*	The relationship between martyrdom and sacrifice 

*	Why wars are difficult to end. 


About the Presenter: 

Richard A. Koenigsberg received his PhD in Social Psychology from the
Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City. His
highly acclaimed books-Hitler's Ideology, The Psychoanalysis of Racism,
Revolution and Nationalism, Symbiosis and Separation: Towards a Psychology
of Culture, and Dying for One's Country: War as Sacrifice-established a
method and theory for the psychological analysis of political ideology. 


The Church Center for the United Nations is located across the street from
United Nations headquarters. Tours are available at the Visitors' Lobby of
the General Assembly seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. 

Please CLICK  <> HERE for
further information and to register for the Presentation and Workshop
"Something to Kill and Die For" with Richard A. Koenigsberg, PhD 

Orion Anderson
(718) 393-1104
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