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

Date: 15 2021 10:00





Perspectives from Around the World


An online series 

Presented by the Technology and Global Learning Committee





with Moderator Vladan Novakovic


Saturday, May 15th




Events run from 10:00AM-11:30AM/EST 





Your entry link will be emailed to you 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.





Marco Posadas (Mexico) on June 12, 2021

Moderator Anton Hart, PhD

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ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Juan Mezzich (Peru)


Juan Mezzich, MD, PhD, is currently Tenured Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, Hipolito Unanue Professor of Person Centered Medicine at San Marcos National University in Lima, and Editor of the International Journal of Person Centered Medicine, London. He was the President of the World Psychiatric Association and is Founding President of the International College of Person Centered Medicine. 


He was born in Lima, Peru, the son of Peruvian and Yugoslavian parents, and graduated from Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University Medical School with a Merck Sharp & Dohme Award thesis on Depression: Syndromic Profile and Typology. He completed Psychiatric Residency, a MSc in Academic Psychiatry and a MA and PhD in Mathematical & Statistical Psychology at Ohio State University, with a dissertation on Taxonomy and Behavioral Science completed at Stanford University, as well as certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 


Dr. Mezzich held sequentially professorial positions at Stanford University (Psychiatry at the School of Medicine) and the University of Pittsburgh (Psychiatry at the School of Medicine) and (Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health), before moving to New York. Related to his research, he chaired the WPA Section on Classification and Diagnostic Assessment and the US National Institute of Mental Health Group on Diagnosis and Culture. He was also member of the World Health Organization ICD-10 Mental Disorders Workgroup, the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV Task Force, and an US NIMH Epidemiology Study Group. He has authored over 350 scientific journal articles and book chapters and over 30 books, and has received seven Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from universities in the Americas and Europe. 


About the Moderator

Vladan Novakovic, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a graduate of the William Alanson White Institute. He currently holds a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Zucker School of Medicine at Northwell Health. A graduate of the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, he pursued his residency training in Psychiatry at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn followed by fellowships at Columbia University Medical Center and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Along his academic career he held leadership positions and served as Associate Director of Psychiatry at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Director of OPD Psychiatry at Northwell Health and Inpatient Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Bronx VA and is Senior Psychiatrist at AHRCNYC. He was a clinical supervisor and mentor in residency training programs.


He has an unwavering dedication and interest in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and continuing commitment to the advancement of the field. He is a Supervising Psychoanalyst in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program of the William Alanson White Institute and has taught courses on “Treatment of a Difficult Patient” and mentalization-based psychotherapy.


Dr. Novakovic serves as a program Chair of the New York Chapter of American Association of Psychoanalysis and is an active member of the American and International Psychoanalytic Association. In addition, he is a Fellow of American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis and American Psychiatric Association. He is certified MBT specialist and author and co-author of more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and authored books. He has presented clinical and research work nationally and internationally. He lives in New York and has a private practice in the city.



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.