Large-Group Identity, Fallen Idols & the Capitol Siege
This is a virtual screening event. Blind Trust, a new documentary by director and producer Molly Castelloe about the work of Professor Vamik Volkan, will be made available to event registrants, through a screening link, to view February 12-17, followed by this virtual Q&A on February 17, 5:00-6:30 p.m. (Eastern) with panelists Vamik D. Volkan, MD; M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP; and Edward R. Shapiro, MD.
Join us on February 17 for a discussion of large-group psychology in the context of the Capitol insurrection, the removal of confederate monuments, and the divisions we face in American politics today. Drawing upon relevant ideas from the work of Professor Vamik Volkan, our panel and audience will discuss large-group dynamics, national identity, collective memory, the role of chosen trauma, and difficulties in shared mourning.
Our aim is to acquire a deeper understanding of societal dynamics around the construction of social memory and its implications for large-group psychology and conflict resolution.