University Roundtable: From vinyl to forgiveness

Photo: Record player

The spring University Roundtable luncheon series opens with Joe Newman and Michael Koenig’s look into the mind of a psychopath, then we’ll listen to the legacy of 78 rpm recordings from Henry Sapoznik and, finally, Bob Enright provides insight into forgiveness.

University Roundtable speakers discuss their work as part of a series of  talks. Programs feature a buffet lunch served at 11:45 a.m. at Union South.

February 13 – “Inside the Psychopathic Mind:  What Brain Science is Revealing About Criminal Behavior.”
Dr. Newman is a clinical psychologist who has been studying psychopathic criminals for over 30 years.  Dr. Koenigs is a neuroscientist who studies the brain circuits involved in emotion, social behavior, and decision-making.  Together, they have initiated a unique collaboration in which they use modern brain imaging techniques in state correctional facilities to identify the neurobiological anomalies associated with psychopathy.  In this talk, they will describe the results of their research and the potential implications for psychiatric treatment and the legal system.

March 13 –   “Giving a Voice To The Past:  The Enduring Legacy of Historic 78 rpm Recordings.” Join five-time Grammy nominated producer and Director of the UW’s Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, Henry Sapoznik for a fascinating examination of over a century of commercial sound recordings.

By drawing on the massive collection of 78 rpm discs in the Mills Music Library (including his stewardship of the 6,000 plus Mayrent Collection of Yiddish 78s) Sapoznik will illuminate the diverse soundscape that was America in the first half of the 20th century and demonstrate the enduring power and influence of these timeless performances on contemporary historians, scholars audiences and performers.

April 10 – “Forgiveness Therapy and Forgiveness Education: Healing Individual Hearts and Nations.”  Robert D. Enright is professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is president of the International Forgiveness Institute at UW–Madison, has lectured across the country, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20.

Within psychology, the study and implementation of forgiveness therapy is now taken for granted. Thirty years ago, no such therapy existed. The pioneering research that opened this to the therapeutic world was started right here on the  campus by Professor Robert Enright, Department of Educational Psychology. He has now extended this work to include forgiveness education in contentious regions of the world such as Belfast, Northern Ireland, Liberia, and Africa.

In this presentation, Enright will address what forgiveness is and is not, how people forgive in a therapeutic context, including the research which helped the American Psychological Association to judge forgiveness therapy as an empirically-verified treatment, and how forgiveness education operates in Belfast and Liberia.