(August 31, 2009) -- Michael Stone, M.D., expert on personality disorders who was host of Discovery Channel’s “Most Evil,” will be the guest speaker for the DeSales University Forensic Forum at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 29, in the Commonwealth Room of the DeSales University Center. The presentation by Stone is titled “A Forensic Psychiatrist Looks at Evil: A Modern View.”
Co-sponsored by the DeSales University Criminal Justice and Psychology Departments, the event is open to the public free of charge, but seat reservations are recommended. To reserve a seat, please call 610-282-1100, ext. 1466.
Stone, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia, is an expert on personality disorders, especially “borderline personality disorder, but also has concentrated on the extremes of personality, as shown by persons who exhibit antisocial, psychopathic, and sadistic traits. This led to an interest in the kinds of people committing murder, from jealousy murders to serial killers and torturers. Recently, he served as the host of the Discovery Channel show, “Most Evil, for which he was sent around the country interviewing serial killers and murderers of all types.
The experience on “Most Evil,” plus Stone’s research over the past 20 years, led to his writing, The Anatomy of Evil (July 2009), which explores the “why” factor: what are the inborn and environmental factors that cause certain people to commit murder and to behave with uncommon cruelty toward their fellow man. Modeled after Dante’s Inferno, the book progresses from the least to the most “evil” crimes, and contains a chapter devoted to recent contributions from neuroscience toward understanding the mind of the psychopath.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland, chairperson of the department of social sciences at DeSales, coordinated the Forensic Forum. An expert on forensics and serial killers, and author of 34 books, Ramsland has consulted for CSI and crime documentaries and has commented in local, regional and national media.
The DeSales Forensic Forum has been an ongoing community educational resource since 2001. Prominent scientists established the forum to offer presentations and provide students with exposure to diverse areas of forensics. It has featured speakers of international renown, such as forensic artist Frank Bender, former FBI profiler Gregg McCrary, law professor James E. Starrs, and forensic anthropologist Dr. Tom Crist.
For more information on DeSales Forensic Forum and to reserve a seat, contact the DeSales University Department of Social Sciences at 610-282-1100, ext. 1466
Press Release: Noted Forensic Psychiatrist, Host of Discovery Channel's "Most Evil" to speak at DeSales Forensic Forum | Posted on: 9/4/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu