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Performer: Dr. David Gerbi  

Panelists: Joan Chodorow, PhD; D. Steven Nouriani, PhD; Tom Singer, MD; Mario Starc, PhD; Tina Stromsted, PhD; and Steve Zemmelman, MSW, PhD

The struggle for basic human rights is universal yet everywhere the path to them passes through unique intersections of personal identity and historical circumstance. Dr. David Gerbi’s individual struggle for freedom and belonging in present day Libya is a compelling narrative that informs us about his own psychological journey, the trials of the region, and ultimately the hopes and needs of people everywhere.   

In Refugee, Rebel, Peacebuilder,” Gerbi tells his story: a Libyan Jew who, at 12 years old, was forced into exile along with the rest of the Jewish community that had resided in Libya for 2000 years. During the revolution of 2011, he returned to Libya and took part in the provisional government, began restoration of the ancient synagogue, and assisted victims of psychological trauma.

Dr. Gerbi, a Jungian analyst living in Rome and Israel, wrote and directed this one man show to connect his own struggle, the fate of Libya, and audiences around the world. Previously performed in South Africa and Italy, this will be the first performance in the United States.  

The performance will serve as an introduction to a deeper exploration of the psychological dimensions of culture, exile, immigration, and political context, presented by a panel of Jungian analysts including Joan Chodorow, Ph.D., D. Steven Nouriani, Ph.D., Tom Singer, M.D., and Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., along with analyst candidate Mario Starc, Ph.D. Dr. Steve Zemmelman will moderate the discussion.

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