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

Date: 20 2021 10:00





Perspectives from Around the World


An online series beginning January 2021

Presented by the Technology and Global Learning Committee





with Moderator Tom Hennes


Saturday, March 20th




Events run from 10:00AM-11:30AM/EST 




Your link will be emailed to you prior to the event date.





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.




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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Spencer R. Crew, Ph.D., has worked in public history institutions for more than thirty years.  He is currently the Acting Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  He is on leave from George Mason University where he is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History.  Previous to Mason he served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years and worked at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution for twenty years.  Nine of those years, he served as the director of NMAH.  At each of those institutions, he sought to make history accessible to the public through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs.  He has curated numerous exhibitions the most recent one at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Crew also has published extensively in the areas of African American and Public History.  His latest book is Thurgood Marshall: A Life in American History.  He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Rutgers University. 


About the Moderator

Tom Hennes founded Thinc Design in 1995 as an extension of a 15-year career as a theatrical designer in New York. The award-winning exhibition design firm has successfully completed visitor experiences for museums, visitor centers, zoos, aquaria, art installations and cultural attractions in the United States, South Africa, The Netherlands, Viet Nam, China, Jordan, Nepal, India, and beyond. Completed projects include the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center, the US Pavilion at World Expo Milano 2015, the reimagined Empire State Building Observatory, The Freedom Park in South Africa, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Ongoing projects include Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020, Independence Palace, the former seat of the South Vietnamese government, in Saigon, The Sing Sing Prison Museum, in Ossining, New York, which focuses on issues of incarceration in the US, and the new Ocean Pavilion for the Seattle Aquarium. Mr. Hennes has written extensively on museums as zones of exploration, social discourse, negotiation, and memorialization, and has published articles in numerous publications. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, for Pratt Institute’s summer program at Boisbuchet, France, and has conducted workshops and given talks for New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, University of Pretoria, University of Missouri–St. Louis, and the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the William Alanson White Institute.



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.