Aaron Lazare To Talk About Effective Apologies
at Wellesley College Feb. 15

For immediate release:
February 8, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Dr. Aaron Lazare will present a lecture, “On Apology” Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 pm in Pendleton Hall 212 at Wellesley College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lazare has written a book by the same name that is an exploration and analysis of the power of apology for individuals, groups and nations—for example, Abraham Lincoln’s apology for slavery and the U.S. government’s apology to Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. Publishers Weekly noted, “Lazare succeeds in showing that a true apology is among the most graceful and profound of all human exchanges. When it is sincere, it is not an end but a new beginning.”

Lazare will discuss why people apologize, why some apologies heal while others fail and the differences between public and private apologies.

“It is a behavior that requires of both parties an attitude of honesty, generosity, humility, commitment and courage,” writes Lazare, who has lectured extensively on the relevance of apology in law, conflict resolution and mediation, globalization, sociolinguisitics, theology, philosophy, ethics and medicine.

Lazare is chancellor, dean and professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and senior psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The first 100 Wellesley students to arrive for the lecture will receive a free copy of Lazare’s book, On Apology. A booksigning and reception will follow in Pendleton Atrium. For more information, call 781-283-2665.