Zimbardo at Webster Vienna: ‘My Journey from Evil to Heroism’

| June 8, 2011

The talk “My Journey from Evil to Heroism” by Dr. Philip Zimbardo May 31 in Vienna can be summarized in one word: Inspirational.


Above video: Birgit Stetina from Webster Vienna interviews Zimbardo.

Attendees were taken on a fascinating journey filled with examples of Zimbardo’s research as well as examples from events of the past where ordinary people have done evil things. Gruesome photos of the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse in Iraq where shown, but Zimbardo managed to give the audience hope and trust in humanity.

He ended the talk by showing examples of people doing good things and discussinghow we are all capable of everyday heroism.

The Zimbardo lecture was organized by Webster University Vienna in cooperation with the Austro American Society and the the U.S. Embassy.

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Previously, in 2007 Zimbardo was Webster Vienna’s commencement speaker after teaching Webster Vienna students as the Dr. Elizabeth Ortner-Chopin Endowed Visiting Professor.

More information on Zimbardo’s new Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) can be found at: www.heroicimagination.org. See video of him elaborating on the project in his TED talk there.

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