Lecture by Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet

Join as Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet shares on the themes of forgiveness and compassion, as they relate to Calvin Theatre Company's production of "The Amish Project."

Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D., is a graduate of Calvin College (Psychology and Music) and Purdue University, where she trained as a scientist-practitioner clinical psychologist. She serves as Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Hope College. Witvliet has conducted two decades of empirical research on the psychophysiology of compassion and forgiveness. She also studies accountability, gratitude, hope, mental health, and flourishing. Supported by grants from The John Templeton Foundation and the Fetzer Institute, her publications have appeared in journals such as Psychological Science, The Journal of Positive Psychology, and the Journal of Psychology and Theology. Over 120 media outlets and books have reported on her forgiveness research findings, including “The Book of Joy,” co-authored by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama (2016), “The Science of Virtues: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church” by Mark McMinn (2017), Michigan Radio Stateside, Greater Good in Action, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN, Time, Newsweek, and USA Today.

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