The Center on Terrorism at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, founded in the wake of 9/11, seeks to reflect on terrorism in ways that are appropriate for a university but tries to make that knowledge serve useful public purposes.
One of our signature features for the last 12 years has been an extraordinary series of seminars that are free and open to the public but also integrated into the curriculum of the Certificate in Terrorism Studies granted through the Center. The seminars, usually five each semester, are on Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00. Over the years we have been privileged to have most of the leading figures in the field speak at a seminar. The Friday Seminar schedule for this fall semester is posted below and providesinformation on our renowned speakers. They come from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and the Center is delighted to share their expertise with the John Jay community and general public.
The Psychology of Drone Warfare: A Cautionary Tale
Friday, December 13, 2013, 3:00-5:00
John Jay College, Haaren Hall 899 10th Avenue, Room 630 (T-Building)
Robert Jay Lifton, Distinguished Professor at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of CUNY Emeritus, is back in New York as a Senior Research Fellow of the Center on Terrorism after spending a decade at Harvard. The author of some 25 books, Lifton’s empirical studies of 20th century violence and genocide have helped a method of investigation in the social sciences that creatively departs from the empty positivism that prevails. Lifton has dealt with subjects ranging from thought reform, or ideological totalism (Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism); to the meanings of Hiroshima, the psychology of the survivor, and the apocalyptic meanings of nuclear weapons (Death in Life); to the enduring psychology of the veteran experience in Vietnam that helped create the idea of PTSD (Home From the War); to the experience of Nazi Doctors, whom he interviewed, and the biological vision of the Nazis that motivated the Holocaust (The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide); and to a detailed study with interviews of the Japanese cult, Aum Shinrikyo, that in the early 1990s aspired to create Armageddon using weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons (Destroying the World to Save It). Lifton recently published his memoir, Witness to an Extreme Century (2011) that is a remarkable testimony to the underlying themes of death and destruction in the last century.
Please click here for detailed information and clarification on the format this semester.
Congratulations to Cathy Cahill, this year’s scholarship winner.
$2,000 annual award. Please view the application and eligibility details here.
As of August 1st, 2012, the Certificate in Terrorism Studies is available to all students at the post baccalaureate level.
Please view the new guidelines here.