Professor Dobkins’ lecture “Compassion for the Perpetrator” is about how societies heal after massive human rights violations, and how we (as individuals) heal after minor (or major) violations. Taking a historical approach, Professor Dobkins will discuss one of the best examples of societal healing – the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was formed after the end of Apartheid in South Africa. Taking a humanistic approach, Professor Dobkins will discuss everyday violations, where we can all relate to being both “perpetrator” and “victim”, and how a deep understanding of our own dark side is a necessary step in making sure it doesn’t run the show.
Born in New York City, Karen Dobkins received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry/Philosophy at Binghamton University in 1985, and her PhD in the Neurosciences Department at UCSD in 1992. She has been a professor of Psychology at UCSD since 1995. Although her background has been brain development in children, her most recent research focus is in the area of mindfulness, mental well-being and restorative justice. Outside the world of research, she leads a workshop she created called “Principles of Clarity” aimed at improving well-being and healthy communication, and is also a co-founder of a company called “Spacious-Minds”, which builds conscious daycares through interior design and caregiver trainings. She is a practitioner of Yoga, a leader in “IntenSati” (which blends high intensity aerobics with call and response positive affirmations), as well as a Mindfulness coach. She loves giving inspirational talks, including her Tedx “The Space between Kansas and Oz”, which is about loving “what is” while continuing to manifest your dreams.
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