PDP's Videos and Podcasts

A Morning with Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

John Lewis, US representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District and an American icon known for his role in the civil rights movement, and co-author Andrew Aydin discuss their graphic novel series, March. Illustrated by Nate Powell, March became a No. 1 New York Times bestselling series, winning the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award, and the 2016 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, among many other honors. March: Book Three debuted at Comic-Con in 2016, where Congressman Lewis led a crowd in a commemorative march.

Forgiveness in the African American Religious Tradition

Trigger warning: The topic and language in this lecture are sensitive in nature. 

Albert J. Raboteau, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus, Princeton University, gave the 2017 Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work at the UChicago SSA on February 28, 2017.

In June 2015, the murder of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist as they attended an evening Bible study class shocked the nation. The reactions of some of the family members of the slain amazed many as they expressed forgiveness for the killer. Raboteau's lecture examined the long history of forgiveness in the African-American Church tradition, stretching from slavery to the present day, to help explain their amazing act.

2016 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar

Harold Pollack, Helen Ross Professor at UChicago SSA presented "Personal Finance and the Helping Professions."

Everyday Trauma: Perspectives from Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

Mark Epstein, M.D. presented the 2015 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar at UChicago SSA on March 9, 2015.
If there is one thing Buddhism and psychoanalysis can agree upon, it is this: Trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people, it happens to everyone.

William R. Miller on Motivational Interviewing and Quantum Change

William R. Miller, PhD, the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico presented the 2014 Ruth Knee Lecture on Spirituality and Social Work at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Miller wove together two major themes from his research career that illuminate the human potential for personal transformation. The first is motivational interviewing (MI), a collaborative counseling style he developed in the 1980s to help clients with alcohol problems overcome their ambivalence about behavior change. The second theme is quantum change—his study of transformations of the "Ebenezer Scrooge" variety that are sparked by epiphanies or sudden insights.