CFS Seminar with Jessica Stern, Robin Young, and Heidi Ellis

WBUR’s Robin Young moderates a discussion of the Roots of Radicalization: Dismantling Terror One Life At A Time with experts Jessica Stern and Heidi Ellis on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Come listen to what promises to be a compelling and informative discussion on how terrorists radicalize others or self-radicalize on the Internet, what the role of confused identity plays in this process, what we know about why young people join extremist groups, and how and why individuals form terrorist groups. Jessica’s recent work seeks to understand the vulnerabilities of certain individuals to recruitment into gangs or terror groups with an eye toward intervention and prevention. Heidi’s research focuses on how social context impacts the health and development of refugee youth. 
Jessica Stern
Jessica Stern, Ph.D. is a Fellow at the FXB Center for Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror, selected by the Washington Post as a best book of the year; Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a fellow of both MacDowell and Yaddo artists’ colonies.

In 2009, Jessica was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and terror, as well as an Erik Erikson Scholarship. Stern taught at Harvard University from 1999-2010. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95. Stern was selected by Time Magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas “will change the world.” Jessica advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism and has taught courses for government officials. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations and was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. She earlier worked as an analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Jessica Stern has a bachelors degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a masters degree from MIT in technology policy, and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.

Heidi Ellis
Heidi Ellis, Ph.D. is the director of the Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience (CHCRTR), Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, and member of the Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) leadership team. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in the area of child refugee trauma and intervention development. Dr. Ellis’ research and clinical work focus on how the social context – trauma, discrimination, culture, and social environmental stressors – effects the health and development of refugee youth. Dr. Ellis co-developed Trauma Systems Therapy with Dr. Glenn Saxe, and is the co-author of the TST book. Dr. Ellis earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.

Robin Young
Robin Young brings over 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
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