Holocaust topic of next CCC lecture

Tue Oct 29, 2019 at 11:41 AM

The Dr. Max Pickerill Lecture Series hosted by Colby Community College will feature author and research psychologist Dr. George Mastroianni at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Frahm Theatre.

Mastroianni served 12 years as a U.S. Army research psychologist, working in a variety of biomedical laboratories and other military research settings. After retiring from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel, he worked as a defense contractor and then as a civil servant at an Army engineering and development laboratory.

In 1997, he accepted a position as an associate professor of psychology at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He taught classes on biopsychology, learning and memory, sensation and perception, and introduction to the behavioral sciences. He also served as chair on both the Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Dr. Mastroianni has published widely and co-edited "A Warrior’s Guide to Psychology and Performance," created on the model of two World War II works produced for soldiers by psychologists. The book has been used as a class text at the Air Force Academy and West Point.

His scholarly interests for the last several years centered on the psychology of the Holocaust. His book, "Of Mind and Murder: Toward a More Comprehensive Psychology of the Holocaust," was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

The title of his presentation at CCC is "Misremembering the Holocaust: Personal Testimony and the Liberation of Buchenwald."

There is no charge to attend the presentation. The Dr. Max Pickerill Lecture Series is funded annually by anonymous donors. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Davis-Stephens at (785) 460-5528.