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Black Children in the Eye of the Storm

Friday, April 20, 2018 • 11:00AM–12:30PM • LaSalle A&B

Speaker:  Kirkland Vaughans, PhD

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst with a private practice in New York City. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of the two-volume book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. He is a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University and Director of the Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, a clinical supervisor at the National Institute for Psychotherapies, and visiting faculty and Honorary Member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He is a retired school psychologist and the former Regional Director of the New Hope Guild Centers of Brooklyn. He has published and presented on the generational trauma among African Americans and presented widely on topics effecting Black male youth. He is an active member of the Research Council of the New York City Young men’s Initiative and the chairman of the board for The Harlem Family Institute: a Multicultural Psychoanalytic Training Institute.

During its three hundred and fifty year history in the United States, White racism has metastasized and is described by Rustin (1991) to be one of the most destructive and powerful forms of social categorizations and its recent staged appearance in Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as the president’s inept response, give no credence to the illusion of a “post racial society.” This keynote paper will attempt to demonstrate how the legacy of enslaved children remains embedded in the very DNA of our society and continues to plague the lives of African American children and functions as a powerful agent in the generational transmission of their historical trauma. Kovel reported a similar conclusion in his study of White racism when he stated that, “The power of this psychosocial organization is so great that it can enter into the evolution of the psyche.”

(Trans)Generational Hauntings: Toward a Social Psychoanalysis and an Ethic of Dis-Illusionment

Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 11:00AM–12:30PM • LaSalle A&B

Speaker:  Lynne Layton, PhD

Lynne Layton, PhD, is a psychoanalyst and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Part-time, Harvard Medical School. Shesupervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and is adjunct faculty in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology and Ecopsychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has drawn on psychoanalysis to understand class, race, gender and sexuality dynamics both in the clinic and in the culture at large. She is the author of Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory; co-editor of Narcissism and the Text: Studies in Literature and the Psychology of Self; co-editor of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis, and co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting. She is co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and co-founder of the Boston Psychosocial Work Group. She is President of Section IX (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility) of Division 39, and a co-founder of the Boston chapter of Reflective Spaces/Material Places.

In homage to the guardians of a social psychoanalytic tradition, this talk reflects on various ways that the intergenerational transmission of social norms, (trans)generational hauntings, have been conceived. From both a historical perspective and from the perspective of our current sociopolitical moment, the talk questions a psychoanalytic ethic of adaptation and proposes in its place a psychoanalytic ethic of dis-illusionment. In so doing, it considers some changes in psychoanalytic technique that would foster a social psychoanalytic ethic and practice.