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

February 16: Robert Jay Lifton 

Robert Jay Lifton is 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.

 March 3: Daisy Khan

March 16: Michael J. Boyle

April 20: Jed Abrahamian

April 27: Daniel Koehler