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Krost Symposium takes Attendees on Journey

Discussion in 'News, Politics & Debates' started by anthony, Sep 28, 2006.

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    Texas Lutheran University’s Krost Symposium will take its attendees on a full-circle journey of one of life’s most complex psychological processes today.

    “The Creative Journey of the Heart: Hate, Tolerance, Forgiveness, Hope,” combines workshops with lectures and discussion about the development of hatred, the teaching of tolerance, works of forgiveness and the production of hope and healing.

    Co-host and instructor of psychology Carolyn Turner said the symposium focuses on a different topic each year.

    Turner was working on the topic of forgiveness with one of her classes and began talking about the subject with a theology professor.

    Soon they realized an entire day could be spent talking about the issue and its counterparts.

    “As the event came together, we began not just to have speakers, but practical and applied sessions,” Turner said. “We have people from the Peace Center in San Antonio coming to do an inner faith dialogue, we have a faculty member who went on a sabbatical in Palestine and we have an attorney who will be talking about immigration.

    “The speakers and topics are very cutting edge [in terms of] what is known about how and why we hate and how and why we fail to forgive and heal.”

    The continuum of topics is one that surely touches every life and one the TLU community felt would resonate with students and community members alike, Turner said.

    The event is free and open to the public and takes place today on the TLU campus, primarily in Jackson Auditorium.

    It begins at 9:15 a.m. in Jackson Auditorium with a short performance by the TLU Choir, directed by Dr. Douglas Boyer. At 9:30 a.m., Chris Pramuk will present “Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, the Cross of Jesus, and the Mystical Political Communion with the Dead.” Pramuk is the author of two books on young adult spirituality that are used in college classrooms across the country. Besides being a writer, Pramuk is also a theologian and musician, and has taught at Regis University and Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.

    Dr. Jim Hopper, a renowned psychologist, will present the Dr. Frank Giesber Lecture at 10:30 a.m. in Jackson. The lecture is entitled “From Posttraumatic Aversion and Addiction to Healing and Love: Brain Processes and Disciplined Practices to Recondition Them.”

    Hopper, who is a research fellow at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has studied the effects of interpersonal violence on the mind and brain for nearly 20 years. His research has addressed the biological bases of emotion regulation problems in people with histories of interpersonal assault and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; the unique characteristics of traumatic memories and how these can be transformed by therapy; how masculine gender socialization shapes the experience and expression of emotions, including emotional effects of violence; and how people use alcohol and drugs as attempts to manage posttraumatic memories and emotions.

    In the afternoon, David Doerfler, TLU alumnus and former campus pastor, will present “Concentric Journeys: Common Ground Alternatives toward Healing and Justice.” Doerfler has more than 30 years experience in the field of counseling, and he developed the Victim Offender/Mediation Dialogue program for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 1993. His presentation will follow another brief TLU choral presentation at 2:30 p.m. in Jackson.

    At 3:30 p.m., Dr. Denise Menchaca, an independent researcher, writer and performer on race, class, gender and ethnicity tensions, will present “Opportunities for Recognition: A Performance-Lecture about Encounters of Hate and Healing in South Central Texas.” Menchaca is also the director of the Catalina Center, a nonprofit research cooperative concerned with the cultural practices that influence race, class, gender and ethnicity issues in the United States.

    The symposium also includes numerous breakout sessions on a variety of topics throughout the day. Menchaca will direct “Journey through Hate and Hope,” a performance featuring staged readings of personal testimonies about hate, healing and hope in TLU’s Wupperman Little Theatre at 11:30 a.m. TLU Theology professor Dr. Carolyn Schneider, who worked in Palestine last year, will deliver a lecture entitled “Witness in the Holy Land” at 11:30 a.m. in the Alumni Student Center. Other session topics include the Holocaust, teaching tolerance in education, meditation and immigration, among others, and will take place in various locations on campus.

    The Krost Symposium annually brings scholars, authors, government officials and others to the TLU campus to discuss relevant issues with the community at large. It is a component of the Texas Lutheran University Krost Life Enrichment Program, which is designed to promote spiritual, physical, social and intellectual development at TLU.

    Source: Seguin Gazette
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