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Forum to Explore Self-Destructive Behavior in the Case of Eliot Spitzer

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (March 25, 2008) - Faculty and staff at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh have organized a forum to discuss the alleged behavior of Eliot Spitzer, the former Governor of New York, which led to his resignation.

The forum, titled "Perspectives on Self-Destructive Behavior, Betrayal and the Impact on Family and the Community: A Discussion of Eliot Spitzer," will be held in the Cardinal Lounge of the Angell College Center from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2.

The discussion will focus on the etiology of self-destructive behavior and how  Spitzer's actions might impact his immediate family as well as our community. Panelists will cover a wide range of perspectives that include the following: the evolutionary perspective of power and infidelity; associated ethical and moral issues for elected officials; the impact of infidelity on the family and the community; and the healing process. The forum will begin with brief presentations by panelists followed by an open discussion with the audience.

"The idea behind the forum is to help us understand why people who we trust and who are important to us engage in behaviors that are destructive to themselves, and in the end betray the trust of everyone around them," said Dr. Laci Charette, assistant professor in psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh and the event's organizer. "The forum will allow us to discuss how the families are affected by these behaviors and how they can begin healing."

Included on the panel will be Dr. Thomas Moran, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of the Institute for Ethics in Public Life, who will discuss the ethical and moral issues involved, and Dr. William Tooke, professor of psychology, look at the issue from an evolutionary perspective.

The event is free and open to the public.

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