Memory and Slavery

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The foundational premise of this seminar centers on the continued effects of slavery—in a wide variety of forms—in the United States. Such social constructs depend upon human conceptions, behaviors, and key neurobiological regulatory mechanisms sculpting them. Simultaneously, the seminar considers the ways in which the past may be experienced in the present; that is, the slavery of memory.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the discussions focus upon many important contemporary debates in psychology, biomedical science, its policy, and bioethics. Members of this seminar include scientists, sociologists, clergy, physicians, therapists, scholars and others who share an interest in learning from the collective memories of slavery.

Dr. Pilar Jennings

Professor Robert Pollack

Br. John Glasenapp

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



01/29/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Healing from Trauma: An Exploration of Childhood, Race, and Psychoanalysis
Pilar Jennings, Psychoanalyst and Visiting Lecturer, Union Theological Seminary

02/26/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Impact of Slavery on the American Psyche
Kim Arrington, Harlem Family Institute

04/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Ashley Montagu: A Life in Science and Politics
Alan McGowan, The New School

05/01/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Moving Walls: The Barracks of America's Concentration Camps
Stan Honda, Independent Photojournalist