Recovery of one’s memory is not a new therapeutic technique, and is used in psychoanalysis and other psychotherapies. However, a Japanese therapy that did not arise through the influence of Freud also employs “digging up one’s past deeds” as the main technique of its practice. This talk will describe Naikan, a Japanese-originated therapy that focuses on the recollection of one’s past while sitting in a small, screened-in space all day for seven consecutive days. Naikan, which literally means “inner-looking” or “introspection,” comes from a Japanese Mahayana Buddhist self-cultivation practice.
Wednesday, March 9, 4-6 p.m.
(Professor of sociology of religion, Boston University; president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion)
Narrating Religion: Linking Families, Religous Communities, and Everyday Life
This talk will focus on the possible ways families use the stories and experiences of their religious communities to interprete and navigate their way through the world. Working from ideas about how narratives construct identities, Dr. Ammerman will lay out some of the questions she hopes to explore in the project "Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life." This project proposal is currently under consideration at the Templeton Foundation, and, if funded, will involve collaboration between Boston University's Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs and the MARIAL Center..
Wednesday, March 30, 4-6 p.m.
Dr. Harald Welzer
(Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Memory Research at Essen and Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Witten/Herdecke)
Grandpa Wasn't a Nazi: Nazism and the Holocaust in German Family Remembrance
The research project “Transmitting Historical Awareness” dealt with family communication about the Nazi period in the Federal Republic of Germany. For this study, forty Western and Eastern German families were interviewed within the context of one-family discussions and separate interviews with at least one member each of the eyewitness, children, and grandchildren generations in the family. The talk will illustrate how history is formed and transmitted through conversations among the generations, how anti-Jewish stereotypes are similarly passed down, and how Germans interpret the roles of their parents or grandparents in the Third Reich.
Wednesday April 6, 4-6 p.m.
(Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside and professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the UCR Center for Family Studies)
Fathering in Neighborhood, Economic and Social Contexts: Mexican American Families in Southern California
Current family policy initiatives promote marriage and fatherhood as a solution to the many problems facing poor American mothers and their children. This research focuses on a group of working class families who have higher rates of marriage and lower rates of divorce than others with similar incomes and educations. What do fathers do in these families? Are their interactions with children shaped more by economic constraint, cultural beliefs, family rituals, gender ideals, or practical necessities? What can an analysis of their economic and neighborhood situations tell us about their parenting practices and how do various factors shape their children's life chances?
Wednesday April 27, 4-6 p.m.
Dr. Laurie L. Patton
(Professor of Early Indian Religions, Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities and Chair, Department of Religion, Emory University)
Unashamedly Evil? Mythology and Advertising in American Culture
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