Psychological Impact of College Violence on Israel and U.S. to be Explored in Workshop

Berger will discuss the impact of terrorism on the individual, professional community, society and culture.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

NOTE: Journalists are welcome but must RSVP by contacting Dr. Berger in advance at Riberger@netvision.net.il and agree to ground rules for protecting the confidentiality of participants.

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November 9, 2004

PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF COLLECTIVE VIOLENCE ON ISRAEL AND U.S. TO BE EXPLORED IN WORKSHOP BY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED EXPERT, TUESDAY, NOV. 9, AT PACE UNIVERSITY

WHO: Rony Berger, PhD, director of community services for Natal – The Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. Berger, a clinical psychologist, is an internationally recognized expert in dealing with psychological preparation for and aftermath of terrorist attacks. Berger brings years of experience in work with victims of terrorist attack, emergency relief medical teams, first responders and direct clinical providers.

Berger will discuss the impact of terrorism on the individual, professional community, society and culture. Specific issues will be the effects of living under conditions of uncertainty and ongoing threat on personal security, interpersonal relationships, perceptions of the “other,” and the collective identity. Berger will also present suggestions about how to cope.

WHAT: Pace University workshop: “Society Under Siege: Is there a National Trauma Syndrome?” Over the last decade, increased acts of terrorism around the world, causing immeasurable suffering, have led to unprecedented challenges for understanding the extent and nature of impact and planning effective response. This workshop will explore the psychological impact of collective violence and trauma on Israeli society, the United States and other parts of the world.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, One Pace Plaza, Lecture Hall South, New York City.

As a private metropolitan university, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It is one of the ten founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Pace University presents free symposium: Religion and Violence

Within the contemporary situation where men and women of committed faith each claim to have god on their side, this discussion will consider the sources and traditions within religions that encourage and discourage violence. The speakers will consider these topics from their extensive understanding non-theistic teachings of ethical culture.

Contact: Mary Horgan, Pace University, (914) 923-2798, mhorgan@pace.edu

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WHAT: Pace University presents free symposium:

Religion and Violence

Within the contemporary situation where men and women of committed faith each claim to have god on their side, this discussion will consider the sources and traditions within religions that encourage and discourage violence. The speakers will consider these topics from their extensive understanding non-theistic teachings of ethical culture.

WHO:
Dr. Lawrence Hundersmarck, philosophy and religious studies, Pace University
Dr. Faiz Kahn M. D., Assistant Iman at the Al-Farah Mosque,
Westbury, Long Island
Rabbi Paulette Gross, Park Avenue Synagogue, New York City
Brother David Carroll, Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Mayo Ji Su Nim, Korean Chogye Temple, Woodside, NY
Bart Worden, Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
Dr. Kusumita Priscilla Perdersen, Chair, Religion Department,
St. Francis College

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 3:30-5:15 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville
Butcher Suite, 2nd floor, Kessel Campus Center

SPEAKERS:
A professor of philosophy and religious studies at Pace University, Dr. Lawrence Hundersmark has lectured and published nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics within these two disciplines. He has recently lectured at Binghampton University on the topic of violence motivated by religion.

Dr. Faiz Kahn, who holds an MD in emergency and internal medicine, has lectured nationally and internationally on various Islamic topics. He has addressed the New York City police department Community Outreach, the United Nations, International Day of Peace 9/11 Victim Memorial Services and the American Muslim Organization. He has been featured on CBS Eye on America.

Brother David Carroll has served since 1985 as advisor to the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, specializing in Middle East issues, and as Assistant to the Secretary General of the Catholic Nearest Welfare Association.

Dr. Kusumita Pedersen is chair of religious studies at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. She was previously executive director of the project on religion and rights and joint secretary of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival. She has been involved in the global interfaith movement for twenty years, and works in the area of comparative religious ethics, including environmental ethics and interreligious dialogue.

The Center for Religious Studies and The Diversity Team of Pace University are sponsoring the free event which is open to the public.

For more information contact: Dr. Lawrence Hundersmarck at (914) 773-3946.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Actor Tony Randall to talk about the “dumbing down” of contemporary culture

This will be one theme of “The Theater and the Arts,” a lecture and Q& A session with Tony Randall, the actor and director who just moved his National Actors Theater to downtown New York City, based at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Theater for the Arts. Its first production there, featuring Al Pacino, Billy Crudup, Chazz Palminteri and John Goodman, was October’s much-noted run of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

January 29, 2003

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, (212) 346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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WHAT: The “dumbing down” of contemporary culture.

This will be one theme of “The Theater and the Arts,” a lecture and Q& A session with Tony Randall, the actor and director who just moved his National Actors Theater to downtown New York City, based at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Theater for the Arts. Its first production there, featuring Al Pacino, Billy Crudup, Chazz Palminteri and John Goodman, was October’s much-noted run of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.”

Free and open to the public. The event is expected to attract many of the Pace arts students who are becoming involved with the NAT.

WHO: Tony Randall is founder and artistic director of the National Actors Theater. Audiences throughout the world know him for his work on The Odd Couple and his leading roles in dozens of other film and stage productions.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 6:00 PM. A reception will follow.

WHERE: Pace University, The Michael Schimmel Theater for the Arts, One Pace Plaza (East of City Hall. Entrance on Spruce between Park Row and Gold St.), New York, NY

The event is Pace University’s annual Dyson Lecture in the Humanities. It is sponsored by the English and Performing Arts departments and the Gender Studies program of Pace’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences.

The National Actors Theatre (NAT) was founded to provide fresh and illuminating productions from standard dramatic repertory. Its most important mandate has been to educate and expose young people to the theatre. For ten years NAT’s High School Outreach Program has provided classic works of theater and theatrical education at no cost to students or their schools. Since its founding in 1991, NAT has represented adaptations of well-known works with actors such as Randall, Matthew Broderick, Julie Harris, Ethan Hawke, Martin Sheen, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, George C. Scott and Jack Klugman.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in programs in the arts and sciences, business, computer science and information systems, education, nursing and law.