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What it Means to Go to War

September 21, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - June 3, 2018 @ 9:30 pm PDT


What are we demanding of young men and women when we send them to war? Have we prepared them for what they will experience on the battlefield? In this keynote address, Karl Marlantes will draw upon his experience as a war veteran to explore the psychological realities of war at the personal and collective levels. Parsifal and other mythic figures in literature will be amplified in the context of core themes in Jungian psychology – archetypes, initiation, and the shadow – with the goal of illuminating the archetypal role of the warrior and what it means to go to war.

Related Workshop: The Unseen Wounds of War

Joseph Bobrow, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who is the founder and president of The Coming Home Project, a non-profit organization devoted to providing psychological, social, and spiritual services to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  A Zen Master, Dr. Bobrow is the founder and director of the Deep Streams Zen Institute in San Francisco.  He is the author of Zen and Psychotherapy; Partners in Liberation.

A graduate of Yale University, Karl Marlantes interrupted his studies as
a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford to volunteer for service in the U.S. Marines during the war in Viet Nam, earning numerous combat decorations including two Purple Hearts. He is the author of the widely acclaimed novel Matterhorn and the nonfiction What It is Like to Go to War. Mr. Marlantes was one of the founding members of Oregon Friends of C.G. Jung in 1974.


September 21, 2012 @ 7:30 pm PDT
June 3, 2018 @ 9:30 pm PDT
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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