White Institute Calendar


Date: 1 2021 19:30


Harry Stack Sullivan MD

in the Jim Crow South, 1939-40



Michelle Stephens, PhD, and Ira Moses, PhD


Monday, March 1, 2021 

7:30 - 9:00 PM/EST


Known for his work with marginalized people, Dr. Sullivan was invited by two of the leading African-American sociologists in the country at that time to consult on their research on the personality development of Black youths in the Mississippi Delta and the border states.  The two sociologists, Dr. Charles Johnson, who would become president of Fisk University, and E. Franklin Frazier of Howard University, strove to provide what W.E.B. Du Bois had strived for a generation earlier, a more systematic study of personality development free of racist stereotyping. As a white psychiatrist, Sullivan was able to train graduate students in interviewing techniques and interview subjects despite the Jim Crow laws that made such interaction between the races illegal, if not dangerous.


This project was in the spirit of Dr. William Alanson White's training philosophy which emphasized an interdisciplinary approach. The conversation between Drs. Moses and Stephens will also provide an occasion to think about what an Interpersonal psychoanalytic method facilitated, and disallowed, in the context of mid-twentieth-century American race relations.


A brief Q and A about the Institute's training programs will follow the evening's presentation.





About the Speakers


Michelle Stephens, PhD, Professor of English and Latino and Caribbean Studies, is a Licensed Psychoanalyst and the Founding Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University. She is the author of Skin Acts: Race, Psychoanalysis and The Black Male Performer (Duke 2014); three co-edited collections in archipelagic American and Caribbean studies; and recent essays on race and psychoanalysis in Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, and Contemporary Psychoanalysis.



Ira Moses, PhD, is former Director of Training and former Director of Clinical Services at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute where he is a Training and Supervising Analyst and also on the faculty of the Russian Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program. He is a former Board member of the China American Psychoanalytic Association and visiting lecturer at The University of Hiroshima, and is currently a visiting lecturer (via Zoom) at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Institute.  Dr. Moses is on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry of Yale University, a Counselor-at-Large in the American Psychoanalytic Association, and practices in New York City and New Haven.  






$10/candidates and students


1.5 CE/Contact Hour credits are available


This event is being held online