October 19, 2001
Cross-Cultural and Psychoanalytic Perspectives
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Two upcoming lectures
at Smith College will examine the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
on New York and Washington from cross-cultural and psychoanalytic
perspectives as part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's 2001-02
colloquium, "Religious Tolerance and Intolerance."
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Dr. Vamik Volkan,
a psychiatry professor and director of the Center for the Study
of Mind and Human Interaction at the University of Virginia,
will speak about "Targeting the West: Religious Fundamentalism
from a Psychoanalytic Point of View," at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson
Library Browsing Room. Volkan, who has spent 30 years studying
inter-ethnic violence and interviewing refugees in the Middle
East and Bosnia, will consider the various elements that come
together to create a large group identity, with a particular
emphasis on shared mental representations of ancestral history
as a large group marker.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Emory University
law professor Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na`im, an internationally recognized
scholar of Islam and human rights in cross-cultural perspectives,
will discuss "The Atrocities of September 11 in Islamic
and Global Perspectives" at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium.
While condemning the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington,
An-Na`im pleads for "a contextual understanding and constructive
response in accordance with the rule of international relations."
Both talks are free, open to the public
and wheelchair accessible.
For more information about the Kahn
Institute or upcoming events of the 2001-02 project "Religious
Tolerance and Intolerance," call (413) 585-3721 or visit