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Confronting Racism, Discrimination & Othering

Date: 21 2022 10:00

Events run from 10:00AM-11:30AM/Eastern Daylight Time unless otherwise noted.


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Note that no CE or CEU credits are available for 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.





Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an indigenous woman from the Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad and an expert in adaptation and mitigation of indigenous peoples and women in relation to climate change, traditional knowledge, and the adaptation of pastoralists in Africa.

She is a coordinator of the Peul Indigenous Women and Peoples Association of Chad, a co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, and a member of the executive committee of the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC). She is also CSO panel member of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, a policy board member of the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Partnership, a member of Reseau Climat & Development and REDD+ RPP Chad national committees, and a co-chair of the Pan-African Alliance Climate Justice. She has organized several international workshops in Chad focused on both science and traditional knowledge, and recently conducted a 3D participatory mapping project with UNESCO, IPACC, CTA, CI, and the government of Chad. She also successfully organized indigenous peoples to negotiate at the Paris Agreement for climate change. She works in French, English, Arabic, and her mother tongue, Fulfulde.





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. 





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. She 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, she 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.


William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology