"Does the Mind Still Matter?"
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Daniels Theater, Atwood Hall, Clark University
Free to the public. No registration required.
The 1909 Clark Conferences highlighted the best in creative thinking in the social sciences. Three distinguished speakers will address the question of the relevance of Freud's ideas to contemporary societal and global issues. In particular, and in light of advances in knowledge since Freud, they will offer unique, expert perspectives in answer to the question: "Does the Mind Still Matter?" Represented will be a biological approach, highlighting new developments in the study of brain and genetics; the psychological approach, considering how thought, motivation, and emotion play a role in behavior; and the cultural perspective with its emphasis on how cultures shape both thought and behavior. Lively discussion and debate is expected, as well as dialogue about how the current state of knowledge relates to key social issues and human suffering.
Distinguished speakers will present half-hour talks, each followed by commentary from Clark faculty and audience questions and participation.
Richard A. Shweder, William Claude Reavis Distinguished Service Professor of Human Development, University of Chicago;
"Cleansing of the Soul: Freud's Friends and Enemies 100 Years Later"
Jeffrey Arnett, Clark University, Commentary
Richard M. Ryan, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, & Education, University of Rochester;
"Between Biology and Culture: Is There any Room for Self-Determination?"
Lene Jensen, Clark University, Commentary
Thomas J. Bouchard, Jr., Professor of Psychology and Director of the Minnesota Center for Twin and Adoption Research, University of Minnesota;
"Freud, Morality, and Religion: Psychological and Evolutionary Considerations"
Paul Harris, Harvard University, Commentary