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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Psychologist to discuss ethics of assisting torture at Yale Law

A panel to discuss how psychologists were involved with interrogating detainees during the Bush administration will take place at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday at Yale Law School.

“Experimenting with Torture: Psychology, Morality and the Law,” sponsored by the group Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice, features Steven Reisner, a psychologist who led the protests against the practice, according to a press release.

Reisner will talk about a group of psychologists and psychoanalysts who protested the American Psychological Association’s involvement in torture by the United States military and intelligence services, the release said.

Reisner is co-author of a 2010 report by Physicians for Human Rights about the torture of prisoners held after the 9/11 attacks.

Other panelists include Dr. Thomas Duffy, professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and director of the Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale; Hope Metcalf, director of the Limon Public Interest Program at Yale Law School; and Frederick Simmons, professor of ethics at Yale Divinity School.

The event is sponsored by the Orville H. Schell Jr. Center for International Human Rights, Yale Divinity School, the Yale chaplain’s office and Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice.

It will take place at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday at Yale Law School, 100 Wall St., Room 122.

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