Spring 2018

Spring 2018

ARTIS Seminar Series on Political Violence

Each seminar, hosted by the Center on Terrorism and sponsored ARTIS, focuses on a singular aspect of terrorism. An invited speaker presents on a topic and a question-and-answer period follows. The seminars are free and open to the public, they are also a core component of the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies curriculum offered through the center. We warmly welcome all those interested in  or currently working in the field of terrorism. This is an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas helpful to the academic and practitioner alike.

Spring 2018 Seminars

Friday, February 16 - Robert Jay Lifton 

Time - 3:00 - 5:00 PM          Location - L2.84, New Building

Reading - The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival

Title - “The Climate Swerve.”

Robert Jay Liftonis a research psychiatrist who has been one of the leading intellectuals in America in the second half of the 20th and into the 21st Centuries. He has pioneered psychological studies of apocalyptic violence, including his path-breaking study, The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide; the effects of nuclear war, Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima; the psychology of thought reform and “brainwashing” with Totalism and the Psychology of Totalism; and the theory of war and survival in Home From the War and Death in Life, among his more than 26 books and scores of articles. He is the winner of The National Book Award, among many other honors.

Lifton's latest research interest, which is also the subject of his presentation in this seminar, is the psychology of global warming, which he contextualizes in terms of other apocalyptic threats, especially nuclear threat. He will talk in this seminar about his recent book, The Climate Swerve.

Lifton began his long career at Yale but in 1985 came to John Jay College and the Graduate Center as Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology. He and Strozier ran a Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay from 1986 to 2001, when Lifton retired. He then spent a number of years in Cambridge with an appointment at Harvard before returning to New York six years ago. 

It is a special pleasure to have Professor Lifton present in this seminar series marking an honored return to John Jay.

Friday, March 2 - Daisy Khan

Time - 3:00 - 5:00 PM          Location - 630, Haaren Hall

Readings - To be distributed via listserv

Title - "WISE Up: Using Knowledge as a Tool to End Extremism" 

Daisy Khan, one of the most prominent female Muslim leaders in the United States, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality (WISE), a New York based non-profit organization. Formerly, Khan served as Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, where she spent eighteen years creating groundbreaking intra- and inter-faith programs based on cultural and religious harmony through interfaith collaboration.  

Since 2014, Khan has confronted the unprecedented rise in violent extremism and Islamophobia by promoting interfaith collaboration and amplifying the ethical and egalitarian values of Islam. In addition to her forthcoming memoir, Born with Wings (Spring 2018), Khan has served as Executive Editor for WISE UpKnowledge Ends Extremism, a 2017 publication she led in collaboration with 72 contributors. WISE Up is aimed at empowering Muslims and the general American public with the knowledge and resources to discredit extremist ideology and prevent Islamophobia. 

Khan also appears regularly on media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and ABC and is frequently quoted in print publications like The New York Times and TIME Magazine. She has appeared in numerous documentaries including PBS’s Three Faiths, One GodMuhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, and National Geographic’s Inside Mecca. Khan has also contributed to The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog.

For more information on Daisy Khan and her work, please visit www.wisemuslimwomen.org and www.wiseupreport.org.

Friday, March 16 - Michael J. Boyle

Time - 3:00 - 5:00 PM          Location - 630, Haaren Hall

Reading - Coming Soon

Title -  "Terrorist Drones: Assessing the Threat."  

Michael J. Boyle is an Associate Professor of Political Science at La Salle University in Philadelphia and a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and has held fellowships at Harvard, Stanford and the Australian National University. He writes regularly on political violence, terrorism, drone warfare and American foreign policy. His previous books include Violence after War: Explaining Instability in Post-Conflict States (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2014), Legal and Ethical Implications of Drone Warfare (London: Routledge, 2016) and Non-Western Responses to Terrorism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018). He will be publishing The Drone Age: How Drone Technology Will Change War and Peace with Oxford University Press in 2018.

Friday, April 20 - Jed Abrahamian

Time - 3:00 - 5:00 PM          Location - L2.84, New Building

Reading - The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and the Roots of Modern US-Iranian Relations (The Free Press)

Title - "Iran: A Threat?"

Ervand (Jed) Abahamian is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College, CUNY.  He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, Columbia, New York, and Princeton.  He has a B.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University) and is a historian of the Middle East specializing in modern Iran.

His book publications include: Iran Between Two Revolutions (Princeton University Press); The Iranian Mujahedin (Yale University Press); Khomeinism (University of California Press); Tortured Confessions (University of California Press); A History of Modern Iran (Cambridge University Press); and The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and the Roots of Modern US-Iran Relations (New Press). His books have also been published in Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, and Italian.

In 2011 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.