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Border Crisis: A Psychoanalyst and Filmmaker Confront Family Separations

Listen in to the inspiring conversation with psychologist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Spyros Orfanos, and
award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ellen Goosenberg Kent. Our guests explore the
intersections of their work with refugees, asylum seekers, and those enduring family
separation. Both take you into the heart of their encounters with this difficult issue. This
episode is sure to evoke empathy and desire for action in the face of brutal injustice.


Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Academy Award-winning Filmmaker, Torn Apart 

 

 

Spyros D. Orfanos, PhD, ABPP
Past President of Division 39
Interim Director of NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
 
 
 

Adolescents Falling: What Grownups Don’t See

Episode Description

Listen in to our continuing conversation with psychologist/psychoanalyst, Dr. Ken Corbett, and award-winning literary fiction writer, Susan Choi. Our guests take us behind the scenes of the stories told in their recent books. Through spirited discussion, they expand our perspectives on the ways in which adults can and do fail adolescents in their attempts to navigate the complexities of sexuality, race, gender, and aggression. This episode is sure to evoke timely reflections about the politics of identity and psychological struggle.
 

About Our Guests

Ken Corbett

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities and A Murder Over a Girl: Gender, Justice, Junior High. Dr. Corbett has a private practice in New York City.

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Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010, she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her fifth novel, Trust Exercise, and Camp Tiger, her first book for children, came out in 2019. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn.

Learn more about Susan Choi.

Adolescent Outsider Stories

Episode Description

Esteemed psychologist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Ken Corbett, and award-winning literary fiction writer, Susan Choi, in an exploration of each other’s work, discuss how feeling like an outsider in adolescence can deeply affect choice. Through their writing, they illuminate how the struggle to repair a damaged sense of self can go terribly awry and lead to acts of betrayal, trauma, and violence. The guests bring compassion and insight to the turbulence of teenage life and to the desire to belong. We invite you to listen in and discover novel ways of seeing yourself and others.

 

About Our Guests

Ken Corbett

Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities and A Murder Over a Girl: Gender, Justice, Junior High. Dr. Corbett has a private practice in New York City.

Learn more about Dr. Corbett.

 

 

Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a film. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010, she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her fourth novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her fifth novel, Trust Exercise, and Camp Tiger, her first book for children, came out in 2019. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, she teaches fiction writing at Yale and lives in Brooklyn.

Learn more about Susan Choi.

Restoring Reality: Part 2

Esteemed activists Drs. Robert Jay Lifton and Stephen Soldz return to expand on their ideas from Part 1 in order to map the undercurrents of the ongoing pandemic. With depth and compassion, our guests share their hard-earned wisdom in order to help us recover a sense of hope and sanity in these frightening and disorienting times.

About Our Guests

Stephen Soldz is a professor, clinical psychologist, and psychoanalyst with a specialization in research methodologies. In addition to teaching at BGSP since 1989, he has taught at Boston University; Boston College; Harvard Medical School; and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He has taught at Tufts University’s Experimental College.
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Robert Jay Lifton is a psychiatrist and writer who has taught at Yale, Harvard, The City University of New York, and is currently at Columbia University. His books include Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima which won a National Book Award, and The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. And most recently Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry, and The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival.
Learn more about Robert Jay Lifton.

 

Restoring Reality: Part 1

Renowned activists Drs. Robert Jay Lifton and Stephen Soldz share the wisdom that they have gained while fighting to expose malignancy in political and social institutions. From nuclearism to APA-sanctioned torture, from Trumpism to the destruction of the political order, our guests have confronted, exposed, and brought change to the most repellant of society’s evils. In this episode, we learn about modes of thought and action that can help us to restore our sense of reality in troubling times. The clarity gained from listening to these inspiring guests will remind you of the power of community, activism, and connection.

About Our Guests

Stephen Soldz is a professor, clinical psychologist, and psychoanalyst with a specialization in research methodologies. In addition to teaching at BGSP since 1989, he has taught at Boston University; Boston College; Harvard Medical School; and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He has taught at Tufts University’s Experimental College.
Learn more about Stephen Soldz.

 

Robert Jay Lifton is a psychiatrist and writer who has taught at Yale, Harvard, The City University of New York, and is currently at Columbia University. His books include Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima which won a National Book Award, and The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. And most recently Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry, and The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival.
Learn more about Robert Jay Lifton.

 

Episode 0: Trailer

Listen in on revealing conversations between psychoanalysts and public figures about social issues facing the world today. Co-hosts, Dr. Billie Pivnick and Dr. Romy Reading invite artists, scientists, social scientists, and community activists to share the ways that their personal experiences have led them to political, social, or creative action. As conversations unfold, new ideas will move listeners to engage with one another and the world, creating community. We are doing this because we believe change happens where minds converge.