ISMS, PHOBIAS & INVISIBILITIES

BIGOTRY ON THE COUCH

SPRING 2017

Bias, prejudice, bigotry – these escalating words speak to one of the most destructive aspects of being human. Such hatred leads to external attack and internalized devastation. Bigotry is not about “someone else.” Everyone has the capacity for this type of harmfulness and everyone can become the target of group hatred. Most dishearteningly, bigotry appears to be a constant in human history. Group hatred is passed down from generation to generation, as are the internalized scars of its victims. For this weekend, we plan to have speakers who will talk with us about some of the following: the continuing consequences of American slavery, transgenerational aspects of anti-Semitism, the intersection of external oppression and internalized homophobia, dimensions of Islamophobia, and the invisibility of people with physical or physiological differences. We will also explore our own unwanted-but-secretly-held prejudices through some of the writing prompts and small group discussions.

Coordinator: MARC NEMIROFF, Ph.D.

GUEST FACULTY:

MAURICE APPREY, PH.D., is a psychoanalyst trained by Anna Freud at the Hampstead Clinic. He received his training in adult psychoanalysis at the Contemporary Freudian Society, where he is now a supervising and training analyst. Dr. Apprey is Dean of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Dr. Apprey will discuss “The Perpetrator-Victim Dance of Transgenerational Racism.”

MIMI BLASIAK, LCSW. Drawn by her experiences as a child of a survivor, Ms. Blasiak studied Jewish philosophy and the history of the Holocaust at Baltimore Hebrew University, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and the University of Pittsburgh. She interviewed Holocaust survivors and created community programming for Holocaust remembrances. Ms. Blasiak teaches in the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Program of The Washington School of Psychiatry. She is currently a third-year candidate at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Her presentation is tentatively titled  “Lost and Found:  Carrying the Unspoken Burdens of the Past”.

AMY CARATTINI holds a PhD in socio-cultural anthropology, and an MA in English Literature.  She is affiliated with the Anthropology of the Immigrant Life Course Program at the University of Maryland and is a co-editor of the journal, Practicing Anthropology.  Dr. Carattini has investigated social practices involving immigrant integration and completed research projects related to immigrants in Prince Georges County, MD, Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, and the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation of Washington DC.  Her most recent research includes life history interviews to understand the social, cultural, and professional dimensions of foreign-born professors.  She is further interested in comparing immigrant experiences from both working class and professional sectors.  In a previous life, Dr. Carattini taught English literature and composition at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT, and creative writing through Penn State’s Adult Continuing Education Center in Chambersburg, PA.  She is also an editor, most recently with the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Dr. Carattini’s talk will be:  Stories from the Inside:  Immigrant Reactions to Bigotry and Intolerance.

 

RICHARD RUTH, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a graduate psychoanalyst (trained in Argentina), a neuropsychologist, and a family therapist.  He is associate professor of clinical psychology at The George Washington University, where he is a founding and core faculty member in the interdisciplinary LGBT Health graduate certificate program, and a member of the steering committee, faculty, and supervisor with the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program at The Washington School of Psychiatry.  His longstanding clinical and research interests include LGBT issues, trauma, disability, and cross-cultural issues. The working title for his presentation isInner Representations, and Transformations of Oppression in the Life of a Gay Man:  How Analytic Therapy Helped“.

Additional faculty will be announced at a later date.