Lifetime Achievement Awards
for Extraordinary Accomplishments in Psychohistory
Presented by Psychohistory Forum

3rd Meeting: May 19, 2023 (2:05pm – 4:10pm EDT/NYC)
– during the 46th International Psychohistorical Association’s Annual Conference
(see more information about the conference here:

Recipients of the Awards:
C. Fred Alford
David J. Fisher
Daniel Rancour-Laferriere
William M. Runyan

This will be the 3rd Lifetime Achievement Awards in Psychohistory Ceremony established by The Psychohistory Forum. This special meeting will be conducted during the International Psychohistorical Association’s Annual Conference rather than following our traditional format. This 2-hour meeting will be dedicated to honoring C. Fred Alford; David J. Fisher; Daniel Rancour-Laferriere; and William M. Runyan). Each recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Psychohistory will be presented/advocated by their colleague (Marshall Alcorn for C. Fred Alford; William Nye for David J. Fisher; Jim Anderson for William M. Runyan; & Paul Elovitz for Daniel Rancour-Laferriere), and then, each will respond/reflect on what was said or on the occasion in general. During this May 19th, 2023, meeting, we will watch a short montage of the previous (1-14-23 and 3-18-23) award ceremonies. At the end, there will be a room for general discussion.

Some history of the Lifetime Achievement Awards in Psychohistory that were established by psychohistory Forum in 2023:

On January 14, 2023, our first awardees were Peter J. Loewenberg, Robert Jay Lifton, David R. Beisel, and Alan C. Elms (see more information here: And on March 18th, 2023, the following colleagues were the awardees who participated in this live ceremony: Lawrence J. Friedman, Howard F. Stein, Jacques Szaluta. In absentia awards were presented then to Daniel Dervin and Herbert Barry III (check the following webpage for more information about this meeting:


Here are a few words about our 5-19-23 Lifetime Achievement Awardees:

Fred Alford is an Emeritus Professor of Government and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. His numerous books include Psychology and the Natural Law of Reparation (2000), Rethinking Freedom: Why Freedom Has Lost Its Meaning, and What Can Be Done to Save It (2005), Levinas, Psychoanalysis, and the Frankfurt School (2002), What Evil Means to Us (1997), and Think No Evil: Korean Values in the Age of Globalization (1999).

He is the recipient of numerous awards, has been a driving force at the ISPP (International Society for Political Psychology) and is on the Editorial Board of Clio’s Psyche. Traumatology is a major interest of Dr. Alford.

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David James Fisher is an intellectual historian and psychohistorian who has published Bettelheim: Living and Dying (2008), Romain Rolland and the Politics of Intellectual Engagement (1988, 2004), and Cultural Theory and Psychoanalytic Tradition (1991, 2009). His numerous articles and book chapters are on contemporary French cultural history and the history of psychoanalysis, including essays on Freud, Lacan, Foucault, Sartre, Fenichel, Spielrein, Stoller, and much else. He sometimes teaches in North America and in China, but mostly he practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Los Angeles.

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Daniel Rancour-Laferriere is a psychoanalytic scholar of Russia and religion who is Emeritus Professor of Russian at the University of California (UC), Davis. Among his many books are Signs of the Flesh: An Essay on the Evolution of Hominid Sexuality (1985); The Mind of Stalin: A Psychoanalytic Study (1988); Tolstoy on the Couch: Misogyny, Masochism, and the Absent Mother (1998); Russian Nationalism from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (2000); The Joy of All Who Sorrow: Icons of the Mother of God in Russia (2005); Tolstoy’s Quest for God (2007), and The Sign of the Cross: From Golgotha to Genocide (2011). Interestingly, he is the eldest of thirteen children.

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William McKinley “Mac” Runyan is Emeritus Professor, School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.  Despite major opposition from major professors opposed to his study of lives, he earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University in 1975. His books include the pathbreaking Life Histories and Psychobiography: Explorations in Theory and Method (1982) and the edited Psychology and Historical Interpretation (1988). Membership in the Society for Personology is an important part of his intellectual life. His Clio’s Psyche Festschrift will appear in the fall 2023 issue of Clio’s Psyche.

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