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Talks at Twelve: James Garbarino, Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Listening to Killers: Bringing Developmental Psychology into the Courtroom in Murder Cases
James Garbarino, Loyola University Chicago

Thursday, February 19, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
Nevin Welcome Center, The Plantations


This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot.

This presentation is based upon James Garbarino’s 20 years as a psychological expert witness in murder cases. It focuses on his efforts to bridge the gap in legal proceedings between the "social history" typically provided by social work and the "diagnosis" provided by clinical psychology. If offers a "developmental analysis" that seeks to explain detailed accounts of how killers travel a path that leads from childhood innocence to lethal violence in adolescence or adulthood. The presentation places the emotional and moral damage of each individual killer within a larger scientific framework of social, psychological, anthropological, and biological research on human development. In doing so, the presentation highlights the humanity we share with killers and the role of understanding and empathy in breaking the cycle of violence.

Dr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Previously he was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. Among the 23 books he has authored or edited are Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them (1999) and Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years as an Expert Psychological Witness in Murder Cases (2015). The National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect honored Dr. Garbarino in 1985 with its first C. Henry Kempe Award, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. In 2011, he received the Max Hayman Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association for contributions to the prevention of genocide.

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