October Hare Festschrift a Success!
A Review of the Conference and Dinner Reception

by Richard Tees, UBC Psychology Department Head
October 2000

Approximately 200 people attended each day. People from various affiliations, psychologists, RCMP and Police Members, Parole and Probation Officers, Psychiatrists, a variety of Correctional Services of Canada members, members of the media, students and those from the general public. Many of those who attended the conference came from around the world to honour Bob.

For over three decades in our Department, Dr. Robert D. Hare has focused his efforts on the study of psychopathy. Hare's work has formed the foundation of the current knowledge of the topic. He has delineated the relationship between psychopathy and crime and provided the definition of psychopathy. In recent years, Hare and his colleagues have also addressed crucial questions regarding (a) the treatment of psychopathy, (b) the etiology of the disorder, (c) the defining features of the disorder, (d) the non-criminal psychopath, and (e) the study of psychopathic subtypes. The conference brought together an international group of renowned scholars, all of whom have helped expand our understanding of psychopathy, and provided a forum to both recognize the achievements of Dr. Hare, in light of his recent emeritus status, and to define new research directions and issues.

A dinner reception, honouring Dr. Hare's numerous achievements, was held the evening of October 23, 2000 at the Botanical Garden's Reception Centre at the University of British Columbia. During the banquet, Dr. Jim Hemphill and Dr. David Cox (both former students of Dr. Hare) presented a slide show paying tribute to Dr. Hare's life, work and family. Dr. Hare was presented with a beautiful painting created by Marcel Mousseau, a local Native Artist. Mr. Mousseau presented the painting to Dr. Hare and spoke about his own experiences as well as the symbolic meaning of the painting. There were 90 people at the dinner (including Tony, Lynn, Del, Peter, John, Don, Ken and Richard), and it was a resounding success. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was also in attendance, filming the banquet.

The speakers who talked at the conference were:

Dr. Paul Babiak, researcher for Anubis Research, New York;
Dr. David Cooke, Professor of Forensic Psychology and Consultant Clinical Psychologist from Douglas Inch Centre, Glasgow, Scotland;
Dr. Adelle Forth, Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON;
Dr. Paul Frick, Department of Psychology, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA;
Dr. Stephen Hart, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC;
Mr. Hugues Hervé, Department of Psychology, UBC graduate student, Vancouver, BC;
Dr. Joseph Newman, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI;
Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA;
Dr. Christopher Patrick, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN;
Dr. Steve Wong, Regional Psychiatric Centre (Prairies), Saskatoon, SK;

The conference could not have been possible without the help of many dedicated volunteers. The following were those who volunteered many hours to make this conference a success: Lana Besel, Craig Boutilier, Jessica Bristowe, Barry Cooper, Kathryn Fowles, Kelly Giesbrecht, Caroline Greaves, Penny Irvin, Alexis Kennedy, David Marxsen, Alison McAndrew, Ros Monteith, Caitlin Palmer, Karen Parhar, Amelie Petitclerc, Pauline Rae, Samantha Richer, Kai Siperko, Diane Sirkia, Alicia Spidel, Gayla Swihart. A special thanks to Teresa Howell, John Yuille, and Kylie Neufeld.

The organizing committee also thanks its "partners" for their financial support. They included the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Multi-Health Systems Inc. (Publisher of the PCL-R), Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia, and the Psychology Department, University of British Columbia.