Past Events


2021 Events

Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Foucault For Clinicians

Foucault For Clinicians: On Power And Sex

Ann Pellegrini

Friday, August 27th, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHCs and Psychologists)

$ 100 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Plato For Clinicians

Plato For Clinicians:

Knowing Thyself And Proto-Psychoanalysis

John P. Manoussakis & Matthew Clemente

Friday, July 30th, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHCs and Psychologists

$ 100 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Heidegger For Clinicians

Heidegger For Clinicians: "Being And Time" And Existential Psychotherapy

Robert Fox

Friday, July 16, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHCs and Psychologists) 

$ 100 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Post-Structural Narrative Therapy

Post-Structural Narrative Therapy:
“Storying” Practices In Helping Contexts

Steve Gaddis & Mookie Manalili


Saturday, June 26, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHCs, Psychologists, and LI/LCSW) 

$ 100 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: #Racialtraumaisreal


Assessment And Treatment Of The Psychological Consequences Of Racism

Across The Lifespan

Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Friday, June 11, 2021

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHCs, Psychologists, and LI/LCSW) 

$ 150 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture: Laplanche’s “Faithful Infidelity”

Laplanche’s “Faithful Infidelity”:

An Introduction To Laplanche’s Critique Of Psychoanalysis

Gila Ashtor

Friday, May 7th, 2021

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHCs, Psychologists, and LI/CSW) 

 $ 100 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture: Brutal And Beautiful

Brutal And Beautiful: Narrating The Tragicomedy Of Dementia

Mark Freeman

Thursday, May 13, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHCs, Psychologists, and LI/CSW) 

$ 25 for CE || Free to Public || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics 

Lecture: Keeping In Touch

Keeping In Touch: Corporeality Of Psychological Experience

Richard Kearney

Thursday, May 6, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHCs, Psychologists, and LI/CSW) 

Free to Public || $ 25 for CEs || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics 

Lecture:  Pilgrimage


Psychological Narratives And Journey In Light Of A Story

Paul Elie

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHCs, Psychologists, and Social Workers) 

Free to Public || $ 25 for CEs || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Derek Hook and Sheldon George

Lacan And Race - 

The Real Race

Derek Hook and Sheldon George

Saturday, April 10th, 2021

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHC, pending review for APA and LI/CSW) 

 $100 Enrollment || Register here!

*Discounts available for current Boston College community, email for more information

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture: Liane Young

Right Or Wrong? -

Moral Psychology, Social Neuroscience, And Theory Of Mind

Liane Young

Thursday, April 8th, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHC) 

Free to Public || $25 for CE || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

#Racialtraumaisreal: Assessment And Treatment Of The Psychological Consequences Of Racism Across The Lifespan 

Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Friday, March 26, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHC, psychologists, and LI/LCSW) 

$150 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

#Racialtraumaisreal: Assessment And Treatment Of The Psychological Consequences Of Racism Across The Lifespan 

Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHC, psychologists, and LI/LCSW) 

$150 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture: Hoffman Ospino


Welcoming The Stranger - 

Migration Experiences, Practical Theology, And Psychology Of Community

Hoffman Ospino


Thursday, March 11, 2021 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW)
Free to public || $25 for CE || Register here!

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Community Justice

Workshop: Matthew DelSesto

Matthew DelSesto


Social And Ecological Infrastructure For Recidivism Reduction

Matthew DelSesto

Monday, March 15th, 2021
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET PM  (ET) via Zoo

$100 Enrollment || Register here!


(Full scholarships are available for educators, corrections professionals, social workers, therapists, mental health professionals, students, those from non-profit or community-based organizations, and anyone working in prisons or communities impacted by incarceration.)

Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture: Gila Ashtor


The Self-Centeredness of Psychoanalysis:

Laplanche’s Critique of Psychoanalysis

Gila Astor

Thursday, March 4, 2021
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. ET PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHC, APA, and LI/LCSW)
Free to public || $25 for CE || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Racial Trauma:

The Psychological Consequences of Racism Across the Lifespan

Maryam Jernigan-Noesi

Thusday, February 18, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHC, psychologists, and LI/LCSW) 

Free to public || $25 for CE || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Lynne Layton 

Toward A Social Psychoanalysis:

Culture, Character, And Normative Unconscious Processes

Lynne Layton

Friday, February 19th, 2021
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHC, psychologists, and LI/LCSW)

$100 Enrollment || Register here!


Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture: Sue Grand

On Our Resistance to Restorative Justice:

Perpetrator Memories and Trans-Generational Trauma

Sue Grand

Monday, February 22, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHC, psychologists, and LI/LCSW)​

Free to public || $25 for CE || Register here

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture Series: Robert Sapolsky

Let’s Stress Ethics In Society:

Psychological Distress, Human Poverty, And Embodiment

Robert M. Sapolsky

Thursday, February 4th, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1CE for LMHC, psychologists, and LI/LCSW)

Free to public || $25 for CE || Register here!


Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Jack Foehl

Lived Depth In Clinical Process:

Exploring Dimensionality In Psychoanalysis

Jack Foehl

Saturday, February 6th, 2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHC and psychologists)

$100 Enrollment || Register here!

*Discounts available for Boston College community, email for information.


Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Erika Prijatelj & Tone Svetelj

"Realizing Growth Through Burnout":

Culture Of Stress And The Search For Meaning

Erika Prijatelj & Tone Svetelj

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

$25 Enrollment || Register here!

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Derek Hook & Sheldon George

Lacan and Race

Derek Hook & Sheldon George

Saturday, January 30, 2021
12:00 - 3:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(3 CEs for LMHC and psychologists)

$100 Enrollment || Register here!

*Discounts available for Boston College community, email for information.

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture Series: Costica Bradatan

In Praise of Failure 

Costica Bradatan

Thursday, January 14, 2021
5:00 - 6:00 PM  (ET) via Zoom

(1 CE for LMHC and Psychologists)

Free to public || $25 for CE's || Register here!

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2020 Events

Care for the Whole Professional Series

Brief Workshop: Mookie Manalili

Take a (Deep) Breath: Stress Neuroscience

and Mindfulness (in Christian Traditions) 

Michael Mookie Manalili

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 PM (ET) via Zoom

(1.5 CE's Psychologists, LMHC's, LI/LCSW's)

Limited Small Group || Cost: $25 || Register here!


Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture Series: Eric Severson


Golem, Technology, and Ethics

Eric Severson

Thursday, November 19th, 2020
7:00 -8:30 PM (ET) via Zoom

(1.5 CE's for Psychologists and LMHC's)

Free to public || $25 for CE's || Register here!

Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop: Derek Hook & Sheldon George

Lacan and Race

Derek Hook || Sheldon George

Saturday, October 31st, 2020
1:00 - 5:00 PM (ET) via Zoom

(3.0 CE's Psychologists and LMHC's)

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Lecture Series: Simon Critchley

Notes on Suicide

Simon Critchley

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 PM (ET) via Zoom

(1.5 CE's for Psychologists and LMHC's)

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics 

Lecture by Derek Hook & Sheldon George

On the 'Pleasure of Hating':
A Critical Introduction to the Idea of Racism as 'Enjoyment

Speaker: Derek Hook || Respondent: Sheldon George'

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
7:00-8:30 PM (ET) via Zoom

Free to public | $25 for CE's
1.5 CE's available for Psychologists and LMHCs

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Psychological Humanities & Ethics

Workshop with Donna Orange

Radical Ethics for the Time of Plague

Speaker: Donna Orange


Friday, July 17th, 2020

1:00 - 5:00PM (EDT) via Zoom

Boston College

4 CEUs available for Psychologists and LMHCs

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2019 Events

Psychology and the Other

Conference 2019

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Boston College

140 Commonwealth Avenue,

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

October 4th - 6th, 2019

Plenary Speakers:

Adrienne Harris

Sheldon George

Juliet Mitchell

Ann Ulanov

Kevin Hart

Adrian Johnston


Jean-Luc Marion

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Boston College - Devlin Hall, Room 026

140 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

May 2nd, 2019

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Hosted by Journal for Continental
Philosophy of Religion


2018 Events

A Primer on Neoliberalism

Jeff Sugarman, Simon Fraser University

Frank Richardson, University of Texas at Austin

November 12th, 2018, Boston College

Gasson Hall 305

6:30 - 8:00pm


Psychoanalysis & Philosophy: A Seminar with Emmanuel Falque

Speakers Include: 

Emmanuel Falque,

Jeffrey Bloechl

Teresa Fenichel

Matthew J. Clemente

Sabine Fos-Falque

John Panteleimon Mannoussakis

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November 3rd, 2018: Brattle Campus, Lesley University

89 Brattle St, Cambridge MA

12pm - 6pm


2017 Events

Recognition Gaps: The Mission of Sociology in the Age of Trump

Tuesday, May 9th 2017, 7:30-9pm

Lesley University, Brattle Campus

Sponsored by Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute

In her talk, Michele Lamont will take us into the subjective worlds of those stigmatized and othered by class and by race. First, drawing on her 2000 book The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration, which is based on 150 in-depth interviews conducted with white and Black workers in New York and white and North African workers in France, she will describe the criteria working-class individuals use to define worthy and less worth people, and relatedly, how they draw classed and raced boundaries between "us" and "them." Lamont's research contributes to a more complex understanding of how structural conditions of existence and specific cultural resources available to working-class individuals across cultures shape distinctive understandings of the world that are often quite different from those of the middle and upper classes. Lamont will bring this data into conversation with the findings from her recent book, Getting Respect, a work that examines how specific groups experience ethnoracial exclusion and respond to it. While psychoanalysis has long recognized the necessity of recognition within the mother/infant dyad in the development of the child's subjectivity, Lamont's work expands this framework to explore the importance of recognition as both a cultural process and a demand of those who are misrecognized. 

Michele Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She serves as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and close to one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. She is currently working on a monograph titled Being Worthy. Her most recent publications include the coauthored book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016) and a special issue of Social Science & Medicine on “Mutuality, Health Promotion, and Collective Cultural Change.” Lamont is Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and Co-director of the Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. 

Suggested Readings: The Dignity of Working Men, Intro & Chapter 1; Getting Respect, Intro & Chapter 2 

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Psychosocial Dialogues: Southern Stories of Struggle, Injustice and Healing

Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 9am - 4:30pm

Porter Campus, Lesley University, Cambridge MA

As part of the emerging field of Psychosocial Studies that challenges the disciplinary division between psychology and the social, this conference extends the crossing of disciplinary boundaries through dialogues among filmmakers, theorists and social activists. In today's polarized America it is even more urgent to try to connect with people whose lives might be shaped by very different cultural, geographical and historical experiences from our own.

This one day conference will feature presentations by filmmakers, writers, psychoanalytic and psychosocial researchers about their work in four locations in the American South: Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Short films and ethnographic material will vividly portray stories of addiction, poverty, and racial injustice, as well as resilience, creativity and courage. Each presentation will be followed by dialogue and discussion with audience members and presenters. 


NO CE Credits - Professionals- $60.00

NO CE Credits - Students & Community MH Workers- $25.00

CE Credits for Professionals- $120.00

For more information about the event, and to register CLICK HERE 

Trauma and Race:

A Discussion of Racial Identity and

Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory

Speaker: Sheldon George

Monday, February 6th 

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Boston College Campus

Room:  Boston College's Brighton Campus

(Simboli Hall Room 100)

9 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135


In a historical moment when the news media has repeatedly displayed the

wanton killing of black men, the connection between African American identity

and trauma seems especially salient.  Sheldon George’s talk, “Trauma and Race,”

will work through Lacanian psychoanalytic notions of subjectivity to ground an

understanding of African American identity as mediated by social trauma.  It will address, in particular, the 2012 Florida shooting of 17 year old Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, a white male whose excessive response to the loud rap music played by Davis and his friends demonstrates a Lacanian understanding of jouissance, or the other’s mode of enjoyment, as a root source of notions of racial alterity.  The talk will discuss how this jouissance, bound to fantasies of race, often structures both racism and African American identity around acts of violence and trauma, inducing African Americans to embrace willfully the very racial identities against which this violence is directed. 


Sheldon George is an Associate Professor of English at Simmons College in

Boston, Massachusetts.  He directs the graduate program in English and

teaches courses on American and African American literature, along with

courses on cultural and literary theory.  His scholarship focuses primarily

upon African American literature and culture, and on Lacanian psychoanalytic

theory.  His most recent publications include a Lacanian reading of Toni Morrison’s Beloved that appeared in African American Review and a coedited special issue of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society on “African Americans and Inequality.”  His book Trauma and Race:  A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity was published in February, 2016 by Baylor University Press.


Co-sponsored by Psychosocial Work Group at the Psychology and the Other Institute,

Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis,

and Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Boston College




2016 Events

Shame and the Experience of Class in the US: A Symposium

Saturday, October 29th, 9:30am-12:30pm 

Location: Marran Theater, Doble Campus Lesley University 

How can an exploration of the psychic effects of economic disparity deepen our psychoanalytic understanding of shame? We begin with three papers offering new ways of understanding different manifestations of shame and their effects as experienced across socioeconomic divisions.

Maksimowicz suggests that the relationship between structural inequality and the kind of shame often experienced within poor and working-class communities is best understood through a multidisciplinary perspective. Applying a psychosocial lens to the fiction of Toni Morrison, Maksimowicz will examine how everyday legacies of constricting economic realities and societal derision shape parent/child relationships within working-class homes. Her research attends closely to the insidious ways in which internalized shame is transmitted from mother to daughter.


Sadek will explore the phenomenon of “wealth shame" as it unfolds in a psychoanalytic setting. She will discuss the intrapsychic, transgenerational and cultural roots of "wealth shame" and its multiple functions. “Wealth shame” is explored as an ethical response to economic disparity, as a manifestation of a pervasive shame pattern, and in its relationship to moral superiority and envy.


On the eve of the presidential election, Watkins will examine shame to help us understand some of the psychic effects of neoliberalism. Comparing individual psychotherapy with psychosocial accompaniment, a form of practice arising in Latin America, Watkins will explore the countertransferential dimensions that deter or aid the psychotherapist from being able to metabolize shame around economic privilege in the face of misery.

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Boston College Mini-Conference

Love and Mourning in the Constitution of the Subject: Revisiting Psychoanalytic Theory

Boston College, McGuinn Hall, Room 121 & Devlin Hall, Room 101

Monday, October 17th 

1:00pm - 9:30pm

An afternoon and evening of lectures and discussion with Richard Boothby, Bruce Fink, Russell Grigg, and Humphrey Morris. Respondents are Yael Baldwin, Jeff Bloechl, Lewis Kirschner,  and Jane Kite.

For more information and to register click here.  


Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College, Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Boston College, Psychology and the Other, and the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Reflective Spaces/Material Places: Working with Immigrants in a Xenophobic Culture

Saturday, September 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Location: East Boston Community Health: Education and Training Institute

In this election year, xenophobia, the fear of anything thought to be foreign or strange, has been unleashed and legitimated in previously unimaginable ways in the United States. At this meeting we want to look at how this casting of a “we” and a “them” impacts working with immigrants, or for that matter, anyone perceived to be “different”? How does one create a safe space in a treatment? What comes up in transference and countertransference? Are there issues particular to particular groups and how does one deal with them? Dr. Diya Kallivayalil will present clinical material for us to reflect upon together.

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Reflective Spaces/Material Places- Boston

April 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm

Library, Boston Insitute for Psychotherapy

1415 Beacon St., Brookline, MA


Community mental health practitioners are under enormous pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources, while the problems we are challenged to resolve are increasingly complex. As we strive to provide meaningful interventions that address the social, psychic and justice demands of those who struggle the most, we have a greater need to create places and sanctuaries to think and reflect upon our work.


In the Bay Area, a group of psychotherapists, casemanagers, doctors, nurses, mental health staff, administrators, advocates, peer counselors, vocational counselors, and housing specialists, practicing in community mental health settings, created a model for community mental health called Reflective Spaces/Material Places (RS/MP).* Drawing on their model, we envision RS/MP-Boston as a place to reflect on our work and on the systems within which our work takes place. Bringing community based work together with psychodynamic thinking is what RS/MP-Boston is all about.




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The Future of the Self in the Digital Age: A Conversation about the BBC series Black Mirror

March 3rd 7:30-9:30pm

Lesley University, Sherrill Library, Rm 350


Following upon the recent MIP Symposium, The Fate of Potential Space in the Virtual Age, we will continue the conversation about the experience of selfhood in the digital age. As a background for this discussion, we will be showing clips from the provocative BBC series “Black Mirror”, which uses a Twilight-Zone style format to tell stories that examine the impact of current and future uses of technology on the self and society.

With a panel made up of a philosopher, an art historian and a psychoanalyst, we will create a broad interdisciplinary discussion with the audience, one that allows us to think together about the changes that we are currently facing as digital technology plays an increasingly influential role in our everyday lives. Our focus will primarily be on what impact the virtual age is having on memory, self -identity and the digital representation of experience.


Presented by the Psychosocial Workgroup of Psychology and the Other, co-sponsored by MIP’s Academic Outreach Committee




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2015 Events

American Denial

November 5th 6:30-9pm

Boston College, McGuinn Room 121


In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. The resulting study, An American Dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American Creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, American Denial explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives.


Presented by Woods College of Advancing Studies, Lynch School of Education, Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College and the Psychosocial Workgroup of Psychology and the Other




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2015 Psychology & the Other Conference

October 9-11, 2015


The Psychology & the Other Conference 2015 will be taking place October 9th-11th, 2015 at Lesley University's Brattle Campus on 99 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA 02138


The Conference Co-Chairs are David Goodman and Brian Becker.

We are excited to announce some of our plenary speakers!













Learn more and register for the conference on Conference page here.

Susannah Heschel

Dartmouth College


Richard Kearney  

Boston College


John Panteleimon Manoussakis

College of the Holy Cross

Judith Butler

UC Berkeley 


Sue Grand

New York University


Janice Gump

Institute of Contemporary

Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


An Evening with Donald Antrim

October 5th, 2015 7:30-9:30pm

Sherill Library Room 350

Brattle Campus of Lesley University

99 Brattle St Cambridge, MA 02138


The Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis are excited to offer a program featuring renowned writer Donald Antrim. Antrim is a frequent contributor to “The New Yorker” and 2013 MacArthur Fellow. His novels, short stories and memoir (“The Afterlife,” 2006), grapple with such traditionally shameful topics as his struggle with mental illness and hospitalization. Antrim will read from his work and engage the moderator and the audience in conversation about his very personal writing: its anxieties, motivations, complications, and ramifications. To allow for maximal audience participation, there will be no discussant in this special presentation.

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Voices Across the Divide: Palestinians Share their Stories


Date: Friday, July 24, 2015

Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Location: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston (near Copley Square T station)



* Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute

* The Psychoanalytic Work Group for Peace in Palestine/Israel

* Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis

* Community Church of Boston


The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent, hot button debates in the US today. There is often little space for compassionate discourse or deepening awareness. In Voices Across the Divide, Palestinians share with filmmaker, Alice Rothchild, their stories of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US. Narrated by Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative. After the film showing, Dr. Rothchild, members of the Psychosocial Work Group, and members of the Psychoanalytic Work Group for Peace in Israel/Palestine will facilitate discussion of the film and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.


Bios: Alice Rothchild is director of Voices Across the Divide and co-founder and co-chair of American Jews for a Just Peace - Boston. She is a physician, activist, and author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience. Dr. Rothchild is on the coordinating committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, and has organized health and human rights delegations to Israel and Palestine since 2003, lecturing widely and writing numerous articles.


The Psychoanalytic Work Group for Peace in Israel/Palestine is an international group of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically-oriented mental health professionals dedicated to the principles articulated in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We participate in a mutually respectful discourse exploring the psycho-political dynamics sustaining the Israeli/Palestinian struggle. In so doing, we hope to facilitate the goal of peace with dignity and social justice for all in Palestine/Israel.


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The Value and Limitations of Holocaust Video Testimonies:

A Conversation with Lawrence L Langer 

June 8th, 2015



Boston College, Campion Hall, Room 139

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Presented by:

Academic Outreach Committee of Mass Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute and Boston College Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education


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Social Defenses against Anxiety: Renewing a Paradigm

Michael Rustin

January 12, 2015



Lesley University, Brattle Campus, Sherrill Library room 350
89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Co-sponsored by Academic Outreach Committee of the Mass Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute

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2014 Events

Race and Racism in Clinic and Culture

October 20th, 2014


Hosted by: Simmons School of Social Work, MIP Academic Outreach Committee,

Psychology and the Other’s Psychosocial Work Group


Location: Simmons College, Main Campus Building, The Paresky Center,

3rd Floor, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA.

Time: October 20th, 2014 at 7:30-9pm


How do race and racism become part of the individual and group psyche? This program brings together academics and clinicians from various disciplines and social contexts to talk about theories and practices of race, racism, and processes of racialization. Fakhry Davids, UK psychoanalyst and group relations practitioner in the Kleinian tradition, will discuss his theory of internal racism, a “normal” structure of the mind in racist societies. Tufts English professor Lisa Lowe will speak about critical race and postcolonial theories. Boston College psychology professor, Usha Tummala-Narra will talk about how psychoanalytic theory connects with her experience working both with individuals and with various communities, particularly immigrant communities. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Simmons professor of social work with long experience in anti-racism work, will moderate.

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Psychosocial Dialogues: Film, Theory, and Practice

May 30th-31st, 2014

Lesley University



Brinton Lykes, Ph.D.

Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology at Boston College, 

Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.


Sandra L. Bloom, M.D.

Co-director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, School of Public Health, Drexel University



The Pull of Gravity 

Director: El Sawyer (in attendance) and Jon Kaufman

Panel Discussion with director and Robert Reed, Assistant US Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines

Director: Jan Haaken (in attendance)

Panel discussion with the director and Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., psychoanalyst, public health researcher, and faculty of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.


American Denial

Director: Llew Smith (in attendance)

Panel discussion with the director and Vince Brown, Ph.D., Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Present Culture and Psyche: A Personal Journey
Sudhir Kakar, Ph.D.
Discussant: Alfred Margulies, M.D.
Moderator: Kenneth Reich, Ed.D.
April 19th, 2014

Dr. Kakar, joining us from Goa, India, is a leading figure in the fields of psychoanalysis, cultural psychology, and the psychology of religion, as well as a prolific author. He will speak on how a spiritual perspective has come to enrich the theory and practice of psychoanalysis.

Dr. Margulies is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge health Alliance; Training and Supervising Analyst, psychoanalytic Institute of New England.

Dr. Reich is Co-Chair of the Committee for International Relations of the Division of Psychoanalysis and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England and the Psychoanalytic Family and Couples Institute of New England.

The Conscious and Unconscious Art of Scholarship: The Visions and Archives that Inspire a Historian
Susannah Heschel
Moderator: Lynne Layton, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Tuesday, March 11, 2014. 7:30 pm.

"My scholarship as a historian of religious thought has taken me in many directions. Initially, as a graduate student, I wrote on feminist theology, and then wrote a book on a 19th century Jewish historian, Abraham Geiger, who was a maverick scholar in his day, overturning conventional views of Jesus, the Qur-an, and the Talmud. My next book grew out of detective work: through intensive work in dozens of archives in Germany, Scandinavia, and the United States, I recreated the history of an unknown Nazi propaganda institute that was financed by the Protestant church and run by professors of theology, bishops, pastors, and students. At the present time, I am writing the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam from the 1830's to the 1930s, a study that encompasses issues of orientalism, colonialism, philology, and racial theory. Throughout my work, I have been inspired by feminist theory and poststructuralist readings of texts, often with a psychoanalytic angle of vision. Why I have chosen my topics and my methods of analysis is a questions I often ask myself: what emotions motivate a study of Nazis? Why am I drawn to the work of scholars who challenge the status quo? What is the vision that guides me as a historian through the arcane labyrinths of tedious archival research?"

The Problematic of Well-Being in Contemporary Life: A Discussion of Two New Research Works by Sam Binkley and Mari Ruti
Sam Binkley Mari Ruti
February 17, 2014

Mari Ruti, a Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, discusses The Call of Character: Living a LIfe Worth Living (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Should we feel inadequate when we fail to be healthy, balanced, and well-adjusted? Is it realistic or even desirable to strive for such an existential equilibrium? Condemning our current cultural obsession with cheerfulness and "positive thinking," Mari Ruti calls for a resurrection of character that honors our more eccentric frequencies and argues that sometimes a tormented and anxiety-ridden life can also be rewarding.

Sam Binkley will discuss Happiness as Enterprise: an Essay on Neoliberal LIfe (Suny Press, 2014). Sam Binkley is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Emerson College, Boston

This book examines the contemporary discourse on happiness through the lens of a theory of neoliberal govern mentality -- a dynamic perspective derived from the work of Michel Foucault. It provides a novel account of the current explosion of interest in happiness, driven by the influential new field of "positive psychology." Happiness, it is claimed, represents a new development in the technologies of regulation and control unique to the neoliberal movement.


2013 Events

Where and What is Psychosocial Studies?

Sasha Roseneil
September 27, 2013

Psychosocial Studies has emerged in Europe during the past decade as a distinctive field of inquiry that poses a fundamental challenge to the 19th century disciplinary division between sociology and psychology. Within the context of recent theoretical developments in social and cultural theory, postcolonial and critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, and for many adherents, engaging critically with histories and practices of psychoanalysis, Psychosocial Studies is forging new ways of researching and thinking about the complex entanglements of the psychic and the social, in the constitution of individual subjectives, in group life and the wider social formation. Psychosocial Studies is now formally recognized by the academy for the Social Sciences in the UK, and takes institutionalized form in a number of universities across the UK which have recently set up undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the field. In this talk Sasha Roseneil will offer an overview of the development of psychosocial studies, tracing its peculiarly British history and some of it's European antecedents and contemporary expressions, from her own perspective as a sociologist and feminist researcher, as a member of the first Department of Psychosocial Studies, and as the Chair of the newly established Association for Psychosocial Studies.

A Tragedy and a Dream: Disability Revisited
Julia Kristeva
October 15, 2013

Born in Bulgaria, Julia Kristeva has lived and worked in France since 1966. In the 60's, Kristeva was an active member of the 'Tel Quel' group, publishing influential writings on the politics of language in the Tel Quel journal and eventually joining its editorial board. This early work in language and linguistics led to the publication of Semeiotike (1969) and La Revolution du language poetique (1974). Kristeva completed her training in psychoanalysis in 1979. Her writings in the 1980's draw on her practice as an analyst and elaborate on the nature of the relationship between semiotic drives and symbolic language. These texts include Pouvoirs de l'horreur (1980), Histoires d'amour (1985) and Soleil noir. Depression et melancolie (1987).

Kristeva is now Professor Emeritus at University of Paris VII Diderot. She holds honorary degrees from a number of universities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2004, she was the first recipient of Norway's Prix Holberg in recognition of her "innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture, and literature, which inspired research across the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world and have also had a significant impact on feminist theory."


Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
Michelle Alexander
December 6, 2013
The fourth installment in the Emmanuel Levinas Lectures, Sponsored by the Psychology and the Other Institute

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness challenges the conventional widson that with the election of Barack Obama as president, our nation has "triumphed over race." Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status, much like their grandparents before them who lived under an explicit system of racial control. Alexander argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial under caste -- a group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn, and social exclusion.

The old forms of discrimination -- employment, housing, education, and public benefits; denial of the right to vote; and exclusion from jury service -- are suddenly legal once you're labeled a felon. She challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

Intergenerational Transmission & Subjectivity: New Psychosocial Methods
Valerie Walkerdine
December 7th, 2013

Psychosocial research allows us to blend psychoanalytic insights with approaches from the humanities and social sciences which engage subjectivity in its social settings. The issue that has concerned Valerie Walkerdine recently is how to think about this in a historical way, which also does justice to the specificities of location. This has been particularly salient in Walkerdine's recent and ongoing work on intergenerational transmission. While there is a large literature on the intergenerational transmission of trauma, which recognizes the centrality of of historical events, the growing literature on, for example, the intergenerational transmission of poverty relies much more on a model of family pathology. Yet, family situations are always also set in locations and with specific histories. To avoid an easy reductionism, Walkerdine suggests that we need to find methods which can engage with the locational and historical as part of the analysis of subjectivity and not as an add-on. Along with colleagues, she has been developing approaches that attempt to do this and that also, more recently, explore a performative dimension. In this talk, Walkerdine will discuss these approaches, illustrating them with examples from her own fieldwork.