James Baldwin’s I am Not Your Negro: The Lived Experience of Race Then and Now Online with NYPSI

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NYPSI’s 1044th Scientific Meeting:  James Baldwin’s I am Not Your Negro: The Lived Experience of Race Then and Now with panelists: Beverly Stoute, M.D. (moderator), Irene Cairo, M.D., David Goldenberg, M.D.,
Kirkland Vaughans, Ph.D., Meredith Wong, M.D.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020  |  8:00 – 10:00 pm (Held Virtually on ZOOM) $30 – General Admission
$20 – Student Admission No charge for NYPSI members and students Register HERE,  visit
nypsi.org or call 212.879.6900

THIS MEETING IS VIRTUAL; READ INSTRUCTIONS TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL REGISTRATION: Buy your ticket at nypsi.org One day prior: Complete ZOOM registration for webinar which you will receive by email from Sharon Weller Click on email from Lois Oppenheim (host) which contains ZOOM meeting link and password to “enter” the meeting.

The acclaimed documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, is drawn from James Baldwin’s unfinished work about his murdered friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Peck demonstrates, artfully and poetically, a moving and profound understanding of Baldwin’s prophetic work and relationship with all three historical figures, knitting their stories into the lived experiences of Black America. This panel, “James Baldwin’s I Am Not Your Negro: The Lived Experience of Race Then and Now,” seeks to use the documentary drama to explore race and racism through a psychoanalytic lens. The documentary, narrated by Samuel Jackson, is a nuanced and close-to-the-bone exploration of America’s racial history and the conscious and unconscious socio-cultural manifestations of aggression and libido, hatred and love. While adhering closely to the unique history of race in the U.S., the panelists will explore how the experiences that connect us to Baldwin and his messages still resonate so jarringly today. Can we lean into Baldwin’s ideas to reflect on our hybrid identities as Americans?  Can we lean into our understanding of how the construct of whiteness is an obstacle to deeper connection in understanding difference? Can we challenge ourselves to identify with the lived experiences of racism through Baldwin’s penetrating directness, and face the sobering reality that, as Baldwin said, “The story of the Negro in America is the story of America. It is not a pretty story.”?

2 CME/CE credits offered.

References of Interest
1.Bor, J., Venkataramani, A.S., Williams, D.R., Tsai, A.C. (2018). Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: a population-based, quasi-experimental study. The Lancet. 392(10144):302-310.
2. Cooper, l. et al. (2012). The Associations of Clinician’s Implicit Attitudes About Race with Medical Visit Communication and Patient Ratings of Interpersonal Care. American Journal of Public Health,102(5):979-87.
3. Stoute, B.J. (2019). Racial Socialization and Thwarted Mentalization: Psychoanalytic Reflections from the Lived Experience of James Baldwin’s America. Am. Imago, 76(3):335-357.

Beverly Stoute, M.D. (moderator) is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. She is President, Atlanta Psychoanalytic Society; Training and Supervising Analyst, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute; Child and Adolescent Supervising Analyst and graduate of The New York Psychoanalytic Institute; and Faculty, Southeast Child Analyst Consortium, the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Emory University School of Medicine, and the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Stoute serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, the Advisory Council of the Harlem Family Institute, is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak, and is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on issues of race, racism, implicit bias, diversity, and psychoanalytic applications in the treatment of seriously disturbed children and adolescents.  In 2018 she was awarded the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Distinguished Member Award for her paper “Racial Socialization and Thwarted Mentalization: Psychoanalytic Reflections from the Lived Experience of James Baldwin’s America.”

Irene Cairo, M.D. is a training and supervising analyst and a member of the Faculty of the Contemporary Freudian Society.  She is a graduate and member of the Faculty of NYPSI as well.  Dr. Cairo has contributed chapters to books on Bion, on unconscious fantasy, on language, and on immigration.  She was North American Co-Chair of the IPA Ethics Committee from 2013 to 2019.  Dr. Cairo is in private practice in New York.

David Goldenberg, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is a graduate of NYPSI and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Goldenberg is boarded in Psychiatry & Psychosomatic Medicine. His clinical and academic interests include the effects of digitally mediated interpersonal relationships and uses of technology on intrapsychic and interpersonal function.  He is also interested in queer theory and ego psychology.

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and a psychoanalyst, is a Fellow (training and supervising analyst) of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Vaughans serves on several faculties including: as a senior adjunct professor of psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, as the Clinical Director of the Derner/Hempstead Child Clinic, on the Board of Directors for the International Psychotherapy Institute, and as faculty member of The Mitchell Center in New York. He has served as a past Director of the Derner Postgraduate Program in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Chairman of the Board of the Harlem Family Institute. Among his many publications, Dr. Vaughans is the founding editor of the Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy and co-editor of the two-volume seminal book, The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents (2014). He has written extensively on the psychological issues of Black boys, the school to prison pipeline, and the intergenerational transmission of trauma among African American people. Dr. Vaughans maintains a private practice in New York City.

Meredith Wong, M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.  She attended George Washington University, where she received a B.A. in biology with a minor in fine arts and an M.D. degree as part of the 7-Year B.A./M.D. program.  In medical school, Dr. Wong was chapter co-president of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and co-chair of the National Conference in 2003.  She completed psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and adult psychoanalytic training at NYPSI.  After residency, she worked in a clinic in Harlem and then in homeless outreach psychiatry while starting her private practice.  Dr. Wong is currently in full-time private practice in New York.  She has particular interests in cross-cultural, LGBTQ, and women’s issues.

Educational Objectives: Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
1)  Explain the sources of trans-generational trauma for African Americans through the lens of historical sources discussed by James Baldwin.
2) Revise cross-racial clinical interactions based on analysis of America’s racial history and the conscious and unconscious socio-cultural manifestations of aggression and libido, hatred and love.
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Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of (2) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important disclosure information for all learners

None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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The building is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator. Please notify the registrar in advance if you require accommodations.
Lois Oppenheim, PhD,
Chair of Scientific Program Committee

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