These programs promote interdisciplinary conversations focused on human identity, suffering, and potential, with particular concern for the enduring ethical questions at the heart of human existence.
Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Educators, Scholars
Conferences, institutes, lectures, and symposia (with a mix of live and online formats)
Derek Hook, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University
Sheldon George, Assistant Professor of English, Simmons University
Historically, we are accustomed to thinking of racism as the outcome of ignorance or intolerance. Dr. Hook's lecture introduces the notion that racism entails a type of "enjoyment." This concept provides a new, workable framework through which to think and act on racism today.
Instructor: Donna M. Orange, Ph.D., Psy.D. New York University
Radical Ethics for the Time of the Plague draws from Donna Orange’s book Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear explores the importance of listening, being able to speak, and hearing those who are silenced, from a psychoanalytic perspective. In particular, it focuses on those voices silenced either collectively or individually by trauma, culture, discrimination and persecution, and even by the history of psychoanalysis. Drawing on lessons from philosophy and history as well as clinical vignettes, we intend to provide a thoughtful guide to understanding the role of trauma in creating silence, and the importance for psychoanalysts of learning to hear those silenced voices.
Now, however, we find ourselves, dumbfounded, in a time of worldwide plague. What are we called to hear now? What resources do we need to undergo, and to respond? Do the lessons we learned from the twentieth century help us now?
Educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange, PhD, PsyD teaches at NYU Postdoc (New York); IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York); and in private study groups. She also offers clinical consultation/supervision in these institutes and beyond. Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies (2010), and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians: The Ethical Turn in Psychoanalysis, and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2016), and most recently, Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics: Learning to Hear (2020).