“Violence too could be thought about, oriented, organised, and understood. 
That is the story in this book.”

—Dr Paul Valent, on Heart of Violence
Why Do We Harm Each Other?

Everywhere you look today there is violence, and the urge to harm one another is undeniably a large part of our human experience. But where does it originate? Is it a holdover of our evolutionary biology or is it a learned response?  

Dr Paul Valent MBBS, DPM, FRANZCP, will discuss the enigma of violence and its relationship to love with Dr Rachael Kohn AO, FRSNSW.

Supported by our media partner The Australian Jewish News

Tuesday 8th Sept
8.00 - 9.00 pm AEST 
FREE via Zoom – registration required
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Biology and culture are two of the key factors in Paul Valent's exploration in Heart of Violence, but Valent's childhood experience of surviving the Holocaust inevitably introduces the historical inheritance in the psychology of why people harm each other. Psychiatrist, psychotherapist and traumatologist, Valent explores the nature of violence and discovers an unexpected ingredient, love.  

Available from Australian Scholarly Publishing.


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Michael Gawenda
in conversation

The story of influential Australian figure Mark Leibler, Michael Gawenda’s The Powerbroker is a portrait of Jewish life in Australia, of the interaction between private wealth and politics, and of a man whose energy, formidable work habits and forcefulness that often tips into pugnacity have made him a highly effective player in Australian affairs. Join us online to hear Michael Gawenda discuss the book and Leibler’s immense impact in Australia with journalist Sam Lipski.

A collaboration with Readings, this is an online event and free to attend. 

Thursday 10 Sep 2020
6:30 pm AEST

Online — Book Now

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