White Institute Calendar
Confronting Racism, Discrimination and Othering: Perspectives from Around the World
INDIGENOUS NATIONS / CANADA
MODERATOR TOM HENNES
An Online Series, 2021-2022
Events run from 10:00AM-11:30AM/Eastern Standard Time
Your entry link will be sent via email prior to the event.
Please note: no CE or CEU credits are available for this series.
ABOUT THIS SERIES
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's series, held online, 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.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Good earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia while still practicing law and managing her own law firm. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada, and her poetry was included on two lists of the best Canadian poetry in 2016 and 2017. Five Little Indians, her first novel, won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Award. It was also long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award. Michelle Good now lives and writes in the southern interior of British Columbia. She is currently working on her second novel.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Tom Hennes is founder of Thinc Design, an internationally recognized, award-winning exhibition design firm that has presented dynamic visitor experiences at museums and cultural attractions in numerous settings throughout the world. Believing in the implicit power of the exhibition medium to engage society in important ways, he has pursued an ever-deepening involvement with exhibition projects embedded in social and environmental justice. At Thinc he has encouraged an evolving conception of relational design, envisioning the exhibition as a narrative environment, rich in implicit and explicit confluences, contradictions, and paradox. Mr. Hennes has written extensively on the multi-faceted role of museums and has taught at leading academic and design institutions, including the Rhode Island School of Design, the Pratt Institute in Boisbuchet, France, New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, the University of Pretoria, among many others.
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.
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.