HCSF Salon: “Delusions, Denials, and Discernments: A Harvard Psychiatrist Views the Pandemic”

Salon Talk with Arthur Colman, M.D.,  Harvard A.B. '58, HMS '62

The current Covid-19 Viral Pandemic is our version of "The Plague", that metaphorical Pale Horseman of the Apocalypse which conjures not only illness and death but the virulent individual and societal transformation brought about by fear of the unknown and the misunderstood. This talk will draw on examples from Dr. Colman's "listening post" of clinical and consultant work to 1) describe and understand some of the predictable psychological and psychiatric patterns of pandemics such as those that we are currently experiencing and whose consequences will disrupt our lives and our futures, 2) evaluate the covid pandemics' effects on different leadership and national characters interacting with individuals and groups from different countries (Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Mexico, U.S.) and 3) suggest more effective decision pathways based on both introspection and objective evidence to help bypass ubiquitous and maladaptive fear-based-denial.

Thursday, June 17
5:30pm - 6:30pm PT

HCSF Members: Free
Non-members: $10

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Event Organizer
Linda Zhang