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Getting Uncomfortable: What Discomfort Can Teach Us About Preventing Violence and Promoting Social JusticeAnn PellegriniFebruary 19th, 2013Ann Pellegrini is the Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at New York University, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Her books include Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race and Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance, co-authored with Janet R. Jakobsen. A new book -- Can You Tell Just by Looking and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, co-authored with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico -- is forthcoming from Beacon Press later this year. She is currently a faculty fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, where she is completing a new solo book, Excess and Enchantment: Queer Performance Between the Religious and the Secular. Why Narrative?: Returning the Other to the Story of the SelfMark FreemanMarch 28th, 2013Despite psychology’s continued interrogation into the nature of the self, it has stopped short of arriving at a framework of understanding that does justice to this elusive phenomenon. One reason is methodological: by trying to encapsulate and contain the self through its ever-growing arsenal of discrete methodological techniques, it has largely managed to obscure the very phenomenon it seeks to understand. The second reason is theoretical: by restricting its view largely to the internal workings of the human experience, it has also managed to obscure those dimensions of “otherness” that are the very sources of human flourishing, both existential and ethical. Bearing these difficulties in mind, Mark Freeman suggests that what has come to be known as “narrative psychology” can play a vitally important role in redirecting both the study of the self and the very course and nature of psychological science.
What is Desire?: A Round Table Discussion
Brian Becker, Ph.D; Elizabeth Corpt, M.S.W; Eric Severson, Ph.D.
April 11th, 2013
"Do I possess what he/she wants? What is it in me that could possible satisfy this desire? So the subject is ultimately put in the position of offering not only what he/she has, but essentially what he/she doesn't possess -- and this is precisely Lacan's definition of love...to give what one doesn't have." -- Mladen Dolar
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Present Culture and Psyche: A Personal JourneySudhir Kakar, Ph.D.April 19th, 2014Sherrill Library, Lesley University