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Dismantling Anti-Black Logics: Creating Alternative forms of Knowledge and Storytelling

Join us for a heartfelt conversation between psychoanalyst, Chanda D. Griffin and choreographers, Hilary Brown-Istrefi and Briana Brown-Tipley. Our guests share their embodied and scholarly knowledge about anti-blackness and creativity. They inspire and challenge us to think beyond the confines of white supremacist structures and invite us into new imaginaries.


About Our Guests

Chanda D. Griffin headshotChanda D. Griffin, LCSW, is a teaching, training, and supervising analyst at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and co-chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity at MIP. Additionally, she is a faculty member of the National Institute For the Psychotherapies. (NIP),The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP)and an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman Graduate School of Social Work at Hunter College.  Chanda is the co-author of The Secret Society: Perspectives from a Multiratial Cohort (with Rossanna Eceygoyén and Julie Hyman) and author of Who’s on my couch: BIPOC subjectivity and the climate crisis,the MIP blog essay: Red Pill Psychoanalysis and the Matrix of Racial Roles, and the  Psychoanalytic Activist,: Centered. Chanda is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and is in private practice in New York City.


Hilary Brown-Istrefi + Briana Brown-TipleyLed by twin choreographers Hilary Brown-Istrefi + Briana Brown-Tipley, Same As Sister (S.A.S.) is a NYC and Toronto-based performance collective celebrating 10 years of collaborative and interdisciplinary storytelling. Their commissions have been presented internationally at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (Toronto); Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle); Archaeological Museum of Messenia (Greece); Danspace Project (NYC); Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (France); BRIC Arts | Media House (NYC); and New York Live Arts (NYC), among other venues. S.A.S. is currently a commissioned resident artist of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and Dancemakers’ Guest Curator Programming to support the research and development of their project, “Upstairs, In Our Bedroom”. Dance/Choreography Awards: Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee for Outstanding Production, “This is NOT a Remount”; Jerome Foundation’s 2021-22 & 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow Alternate & Finalist; Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2022 & 2017 Emergency Grantee; Queens Council on the Arts’ Queens Arts Fund 2020 New Work Grantee; New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2019 Artist Fellow


Surviving Apocalyptic Catastrophes: Facing Reality and Imagining a Future of Care

Join us for this incisive and rallying conversation between, Drs. Robert J. Lifton and Sally Weintrobe, as they discuss the obstacles to facing our catastrophes, past,  present, and future. Our guests share their personal and scholarly wisdom, pointing us toward the importance of mourning what we have lost and are losing, while encouraging us to sustain hope despite rising demoralization.


About Our Guests

Robert Lifton HeadshotRobert Jay Lifton

A psychiatrist and author whose subject has been holocaust, mass violence, and renewal in the 20th and 21st centuries. His books include Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima (winner of a National Book Award); The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide (winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize); Home from the War: Learning from Vietnam Veterans (nominated for a National Book Award); Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China; and Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir. His most recent books are The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival; Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry, and Surviving Our Catastrophes: Resilience and Renewal from Hiroshima to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Dr. Lifton is currently Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Psychology at the City University of New York.


Dr. Sally Weintrobe HeadshotDr. Sally Weintrobe
A psychoanalyst working on our relationship with nature and the climate crisis. A Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, she chairs the International Psychoanalytical Association’s Climate Committee. She is one of the 31 Global Commissioners from different disciplines for the (2021) Cambridge Sustainability Report. Her publications include Engaging with Climate Change: Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, numerous peer-reviewed articles, and most recently, the ground-breaking book, Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis: Neoliberal Exceptionalism and the Culture of Uncare, which traces how economic, political, and everyday thinking have become suffused with Exceptionalism, kept in place by what she calls the Culture of Uncare.