Michael Moskowitz, Ph.D. visited BGSP for a colloquium this month on “Racism in Psychoanalysis.” Associate Producer of the film, Black Psychoanalysts Speak, Moskowitz also discussed cases with advanced psychoanalytic candidates, emphasizing the necessity of expanding psychoanalytic understanding to recognize the role of lifelong exposure to discrimination based on race, religion or gender.
Faculty Member Dr. Stephen Soldz took on the American Psychological Association, confronting social denial and co-leading the movement to remove psychologists from abusive interrogations. Now he is working towards ethical standards on the use of psychological skills and principles to support military and intelligence operations.
“The first time I offered a course in Religion and Violence,” says historian and BGSP faculty member Brad Verter, “people thought I was a little bit nuts. It seemed like a contradiction in terms.” Now, he says, “Public opinion has reversed. People are quick to say that religion spawns violence.” As this spring’s BGSP course in Religion and Violence will demonstrate, the truth is much more complicated.