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Virtual Friday Night Guest Lecture Series 2020 / 2021
Friday Night Guest Lecture - Edward R. Shapiro, MD
Finding a Place to Stand: The Connection between Institutional Membership and Citizenship

Psychodynamic systems theory brings together individual dynamics with the dynamics of human systems. We are all shaped by our contexts and, when we begin to recognize our roles as representatives, we have the possibility of shaping those contexts in return. For any of us, as individuals, to grasp the vastness and complexity of society, we need intermediate spaces with others to make sense of the world. Institutions -- those bounded human systems that bring people together with missions that relate to the needs of society -- are those places. If we dismiss or devalue them, we lose the opportunity to change them. Through their missions, we can have a view of and perspective on the larger society. Citizenship is more than rights and privileges; it requires engagement. Using stories from institutions and their members, Dr. Shapiro will outline an approach to finding a place to stand as a citizen.

Edward R. Shapiro, MD, retired as medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in 2011 after 20 years in the role. He was a clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale, a training and supervising analyst and a founding member of the Psychoanalytic Institute of the Berkshires. Currently, he consults to CEOs and organizations, supervises and teaches at Riggs and does extended family consultations. In the context of the presidential election in 1996 and again this year (2020), as part of political research projects, he carried out extended interviews with unaffiliated voters in Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Dr. Shapiro is a member of the Boswell Group and on the Boards of the AK Rice Institute and the International Dialogue Initiative. He has written more than 40 papers, two books, and edited a third. His most recent book published in 2020 is Finding a Place to Stand: Developing Self-Reflective Institutions, Leaders and Citizens.

Sep 11, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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