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

Date: 12 2021 10:00





Perspectives from Around the World


An online series beginning January 2021

Presented by the Technology and Global Learning Committee






with Moderator Anton Hart



Saturday, June 12th




Events run from 10:00AM-11:30AM/EST 


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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, MSW, RSW, is a Psychoanalyst, Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Psychologist (MEX), and a PhD Candidate at Smith College School for Social Work.  He currently operates a clinical practice in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, clinical supervision and consultation in Toronto, Canada.  Trained at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (TPS&I), Marco is a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). 


He is the Chair of the Gender and Sexual Diversity Studies Committee of the IPA and he also chairs the Scientific Program of the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He is faculty at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis where he works to integrate cultural, gender and sexual diversity, and anti-oppressive practice into psychoanalysis.  As adjunct faculty at Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts, he teaches theories of development, psychopathology and clinical practice with LGBTQ mental health from a psychoanalytic and anti-oppressive perspective. 


Marco Posadas' research interest is in the impact of clinician prejudices when working with psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, especially in racialized LGBTQ+ populations as well as other marginalized communities who have survived trauma.  He has worked in the HIV and mental health sector for over 20 years,  and was the recipient of the 2013 Ontario Association of Social Workers Inspirational Leader Award for his work with underserved and marginalized populations. Marco is the Chief Clinical Officer of The House of Purpose, a consulting firm that develops psychoanalytic interventions for corporations and institutions to help support mental and emotional health in the workplace.



About the Moderator

Anton Hart, PhD, FABP, FIPA, is Training and Supervising Analyst and faculty of the William Alanson White Institute. He has presented and consulted nationally and internationally, and supervises at several psychoanalytic institutes and at Adelphi University. Dr. Hart is a member of the Editorial Boards of Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He has published papers and book chapters on a variety of subjects including psychoanalytic safety and mutuality, issues of racial, sexual and other diversities, and psychoanalytic pedagogy.  He is a Member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak. He teaches at The Manhattan Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center, the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Hart has a private practice of psychoanalysis, individual, family and couple therapy, psychotherapy supervision and consultation, and organizational consultation, in New York.



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.