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The Alliance Dorpat Lecture Series Presents Renee Lertzman, PhD - Postponed

The Alliance Dorpat Lecture Series Presents Renee Lertzman, PhD - Postponed Date: 2020-04-30 19:00 to 20:30
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The Alliance Dorpat Lecture Series Presents Renee Lertzman, PhD - Postponed

Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Seattle Pacific University
Upper Gwinn Commons
3310 15th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
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The Dorpat Lecture has been postponed until Fall 2020.  Please check back for dates TBD. 


You are Invited to The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study’s 2020 Dorpat Lecture:

Climate Action from the Inside Out: Psychological Insights for a Heating Planet

How do we communicate about urgent crises without stimulating individual, social and political resistance, and defense mechanisms? 

In this lecture and discussion, we dismantle the most common misconception—that apathy indicates lack of concern—and highlight the integral role psychodynamic insights have in meeting these crises. 

Drawing on these insights, Dr. Lertzman will share the framework she has developed in working on the front lines of climate crises. She will review:

  • The dominant approaches used for engaging people around ecological challenges;
  • How we can leverage psychodynamic and psychoanalytic thinking to engage and mobilize people of diverse backgrounds and orientations.
  • How to navigate apathy, denial, and other defense mechanisms.

Renee Lertzman, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized climate strategist, educator, and researcher, working closely with organizations to apply psychological insights for effective engagement for over two decades. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other publications. In 2019, she was awarded a grant from the KR Foundation, called Project InsideOut to support translating psychoanalytic insights into tools and resources for the climate and environmental sectors. Her book, Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement was published by Routledge in 2015. You can learn more about her work at is external).


                   Free Event. Please RSVP on the Registration button located at the top of this page.


Campus Map(link is external): From the parking lot at the corner of Third Ave. W and W. Nickerson, [#41 on the map], head west along Nickerson. Take a left on 6th Ave. W. There is handicapped access through the loading dock in the back of the building off of 6th. Ave. W. Gwinn Commons is #10 on the map. When you go down the stairs you will be on the third floor.

From Visitor Lot [“V” on map #45] off of W. Dravus, head northwest toward signs for Library. Gwinn Commons is adjacent/ northwest of the library. The Queen Anne room is on the 3rd floor. On the map Gwinn Commons is #10.

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Rebecca DiNino, LICSW
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