Psychological Humanities and Ethics Programs

Psychology and the Other Conference

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.

At a Glance

Who should attend?

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Educators, Scholars 


What's the format?

Conferences, institutes, lectures, and symposia (with a mix of live and online formats)


 

 

 

Upcoming Programming

Notes on Suicide Lecture

Instructor: Simon Critchley
Date: Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM (ET) via Zoom
Cost: Free to public | $25 for CE's
1.5 CE's for Psychologists and LMHCs

Offered

October 15th, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Cost

This event is free to the public.

Please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES3 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for Licensed Mental Health Counselors or Psychologists seeking CEUs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.

Format

Online

Lacan and Race Workshop

Instructors: Derek Hook | Sheldon George
Date: Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM (ET) via Zoom
Cost: $225
3.0 CE's for Psychologists and LMHCs

Offered

October 31st, 2020

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Cost

$225

Format

Online

Golem, Technology, and Ethics Lecture

Instructors: Eric Severson
Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM (ET) via Zoom
Cost: $25
1.5 CE's for Psychologists and LMHCs

Offered

November 19, 2020

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Cost

This event is free to the public.

Please use the promotional code ETHICSERIES4 to register at no cost.

This event is $25 for Licensed Mental Health Counselors or Psychologists seeking CEUs for this lecture. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and can not be adjusted at a later time.

Format

Online

Psychology and the Other Conference 2021

We are excited to share upcoming details soon.

 

 

Previous Programming

On the 'Pleasure of Hating': A Critical Introduction to the Idea of Racism as "Enjoyment"

Instructors:
Derek Hook, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University
Sheldon George, Assistant Professor of English, Simmons University 

Why are so many everyday psychological accounts of racism ineffective? 

Historically, we are accustomed to thinking of racism as the outcome of ignorance or intolerance. Most approaches seem invariably to miss a central feature of everyday racism, namely that it hinges on a type of passionate intensity. This talk introduces the notion that racism entails a type of “enjoyment” (that is, a type of affective arousal) which is present both in the ‘pleasure of hating’ and in attributions of others as somehow excessive, as contravening cultural norms of enjoyment (by virtue of “their” music, food, religion, dress-sense and culture, etc.). A systematic exploration of a core set of ideas (libidinal enjoyment, resentment, the excessive other, and the moralizing dimension of racism) suggests that they might be more workable, indeed, essential, to how we think and act upon racism today.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Appreciate shortcomings both within everyday explanations for racism and within much of the psychological theorizing on racism.

  2. Consider what might be most useful - analytically, critically – about approaching racism as involving a type of passionate intensity or ‘double affectivity’.

  3. Reflect upon the double affectivity of racism as involving both a type of resentment and a paradoxical ‘pleasure in hating’ (or “enjoyment”)

  4. Critically evaluate both the distinctive contributions and the prospective shortcomings of a Lacanian psychoanalytic approach which views racism as “enjoyment” and as the perceived “theft of enjoyment”. 

Missed the Lecture?

Watch Dr. Derek Hook and Dr. Sheldon George discuss the Pleasure of Hating here or on our Youtube Channel.

Pleasure of Hating on Youtube