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The Challenge of Forgiveness

Location: Hynson Lounge

September 11, 2014
Speaking September 11, Dr. Steven Wolin will explore how individuals and societies struggle to forgive those who have done them wrong.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Why is it so hard to forgive those who have wronged us, to give up our feelings of resentment and anger? Are there deeds that simply should never be forgiven under any circumstances? Can groups forgive? 

Noted clinical psychiatrist Steven J. Wolin will explore such questions in a free, public lecture Thursday, September 11, at Washington College. His talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue. 

Dr. Wolin is clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical School in Washington DC, where he was a long-time investigator at the Center for Family Research (1974-1995) and director of the Department of Psychiatry’s family therapy training program (1985-2009). His research on alcoholism in families resulted in more than 40 papers and several books, including The Alcoholic Family (Basic Books, 1988). 

In 1990, Wolin and his his wife, Sybil, established Project Resilience, a private non-profit organization in Washington that consulted to schools, clinics and prevention agencies and created the guide The Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity (Villard, 1993), and a video series, Survivor’s Pride: Building Resilience in Youth at Risk.  Wolin is President of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture and has focused his most recent research on cultural conflicts and issues of reconciliation, apology and forgiveness.


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