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The Expulsion, The Sacrifice, and The Accusation Together Comprise The (In)humanity Triptych

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jul 08, 2013

The AccusationThree Artistic Biblical Narratives Painted Through the Lens of the Holocaust

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to present a free and open to the public educational seminar titled An Afternoon of Art and Conversation with Sanford Drob on Wednesday, July 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22331 as a part of a series of presentations being held during the university's annual summer week long educational gathering.  The Fielding Educational Series features select presentations that are timely and relevant to current social issues from the scholarly fields of human and organizational development, psychology, and educational leadership and change.

Sanford Drob, PhD, is a psychologist, philosopher, and artist, whose interests range over such varied topics as forensic psychology, psychological assessment, Jewish mysticism, the mind-body problem, and dialectical thinking. Drob is on the core faculty in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

Drob will exhibit and discuss the development, execution and meaning of his oil-paintings “The Expulsion,” “The Sacrifice,” and “The Accusation.” These paintings, which together comprise the artist’s “(In)humanity Triptych,” provide a reading of three biblical narratives through the lens of the holocaust and raise issues of personal and social ethics and justice.  At the same time these paintings reflect the artist’s immersion in the Jewish mystical tradition and existential psychology. Drob will engage in a dialog on the theological and psychological themes expressed in these paintings, describe the transformation in his own psyche that resulted from his creating these works, and elicit viewers’ reactions to the paintings’ thematic content. About the collection of paintings, Drob states, “I believe that after the Holocaust we can no longer read biblical narratives as the archetypes of Jewish and human experience. The “revelations” of the Torah and other biblical books have been supplemented, if not superseded, by the events of the twentieth century.”

Read more about Drob’s paintings: http://inhumanitytriptych.blogspot.com/

Sanford DrobDrob holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and philosophy, and he maintains a strong interest in the interface between psychology, philosophy and theology. In addition to numerous professional publications in clinical, health and forensic psychology, Drob is the author of four scholarly books and numerous articles on the philosophical and psychological aspects of Jewish mysticism. Taken together his books provide a comprehensive philosophical and psychological interpretation of the Kabbalah, and explore its historical and conceptual connections with other religious traditions and the thought of such thinkers as Hegel, Freud, Jung and Derrida.  In addition to numerous professional publications in clinical, health and forensic psychology, Drob is the author of four scholarly books and numerous articles on the philosophical and psychological aspects of Jewish mysticism. In addition, his book, Reading the Red Book: An Interpretive Guide to C. G. Jung’s Liber Novus was published by Spring Journal Books in 2012.

Along with An Afternoon of Art and Conversation with Sanford Drob on Wednesday, July 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Fielding Educational Series also features the following presentations:

Wednesday, July 17, from 7:30- 9:00 pm

Cross-Schools Perspectives on Violence in US Society with Mario Borunda, EdD, & Margo Okazawa-Rey, EdD

Thursday, July 18, from 7:30-9:00 pm

Addressing Dilemmas of Multiculturalism with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)with Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) 

Friday, July 19, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies presents: Barak Obama and the Search for Racial Identity with Ruthellen Josselson, PHD and discussant Justin Frank, MD, author of Obama on the Couch

For more information and to RSVP: http://fieldingeducationalseriessummer2013.eventbrite.com/


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