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Confronting Racism, Discrimination and Othering: Perspectives from Around the World

Date: 6 2021 10:00





Perspectives from Around the World


An online series beginning January 2021

Presented by the Technology and Global Learning Committee






with Moderator Lara Sheehi



Saturday, February 6th




Events run from 10:00AM-11:30AM/EST 



Your confidential entry link will be sent prior to the event.





All over the world, and throughout human history, while select groups of people have enjoyed countless economic, social and political privileges, others have been excluded, discriminated against, and oppressed. In some countries, the relations between the powerful and the powerless are enforced and justified through racist ideologies; in others, through the discourses and practices of segregation and disenfranchisement based on social class, caste, culture, religion, or language.


In the U.S. we see institutional oppression and disenfranchisement based on race; In India, servitude and oppression is based on caste (e.g. the "untouchables") and religion (e.g. the marginalization of Muslims); in the Middle East, the plight of the oppressed Palestinians continues; and in Jamaica, class and skin color dictate clear inequities. What are the differences and common denominators among these social phenomena? How do we interrogate our own language use in these different contexts? Can ‘racism’ be an umbrella term?


This year-long online series will illuminate racism, xenophobia, classism and other forms of discrimination through their international, cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary study. We will explore the ideologies and practices implicated in widespread social, economic and political inequities in various parts of the world. Our series will uncover the many roles that notions of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion and caste have been playing in denying people equal access to jobs, housing, education, and health care. We will explore how racism and discrimination are dehumanizing, depriving people of their dignity, security and even their lives.  We will address the need for transformative justice, to counter the variety of processes and structures that continue to function around the world in creating alienation, suppression and otherness in societies. We hope to learn how these processes operate in different cultures, as well as how they are protested and overcome.




Spencer Crew (USA) on March 20, 2021

 Moderator Tom Hennes


Masha Yaglom (Russia) on April 18, 2021       

Moderator Max Belkin, PhD


Honey Vahali (India) on May 21, 2021

Moderator Gurmeet Kanwal, MD


Marco Posadas (Mexico) on June 12, 2021

Moderator Anton Hart, PhD

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Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim (Palestine) 


Yoa’d Ghanadry-Hakim is a clinical psychologist and supervisor and has been active in the field of mental health in Palestine for 25 years. Specializing in trauma, abuse, and severe mental health problems, she works at the Palestinian Counseling Center in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, and is head of the Arab Union of Psychologists, Israel. A human rights activist, Yoa’d has been involved with the Psychosocial Support Program for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency), in the Near East, West Bank, and is a founding and steering committee member of the Palestinian Global Mental Health Network.



About the Moderator

Lara Sheehi is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University Professional Psychology program. She works on decolonial struggles as well as power, race, class and gender constructs and dynamics within psychoanalysis. Lara is the Secretary of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Society and is the chair of the Teachers Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is co-editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Counterspace in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Lara is on the advisory board to the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride, and a member of the Taskforce for Indigenous Psychology. 


About the Host

Maria Nardone, PhD, is Faculty and Supervisor of Psychotherapy; Director of Technology and Global Learning; Former Director of the Online Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program for Russian Speakers; Former Chair, Council of Fellows, and Founding member of the Center for Public Mental Health at the William Alanson White Institute.  She is the author of The powerful and covert role of culture in gender discrimination and inequality, published in  Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2018).  She is co-director of the Social Issues Department of the American Psychoanalytic Association.  Dr. Nardone is Adjunct Associate Professor in Fordham University’s graduate program in Healthcare Administration, and former Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Division of Psychological Services in the Department of OB/GYN at S.U.N.Y Downstate Medical Center.  Dr. Nardone is an expert witness in Immigration matters including Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Convention Against Torture; Hardship (e.g. I-601, I-601A, Cancellation of Removal); Rehabilitation (212c, 212h, 212i) and U Visa. With Tomás Casado Frankel, co-authored Psychological Aspects of Deportation and Child Custody, a chapter in Appleseed’s online Manual, Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation.  She was guest speaker for the Princeton Alumni Corp series on Trauma in the Immigration Community.  A graduate of the Tavistock Institute, Dr. Nardone is an executive coach and advanced organizational consultant. She has lectured in numerous academic institutions in Europe and the US. Her chapter Executive Coaching as an Organizational Intervention, was published in English and Italian in Mind-ful Consulting (Karnac, 2009, 2014). Dr. Nardone is on the Board of Give Something Back International, a non-profit that provides education for children in Southeast Asia and Haiti.  


The Technology and Global Learning Committee: 

Maria Nardone, Ph.D., Director of Technology and Global Learning

Max Belkin, Ph.D.
Karen Gennaro, M.D.
Anton H. Hart, Ph.D.
Tom Hennes
Gurmeet Kanwal, M.D.
Katherine Noordsij, LCSW, Ph.D.(Lit.)
Vladan Novakovic, M.D.
Jean Petrucelli, Ph.D.
Hopeton Shaw, MA, NCPsyA, UKCP
David Solomon, MA
Masato Tsujikawa, Ph.D.
Cleonie White, Ph.D.