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March 22, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Community Arts Auditorium (1st floor) | Map
450 Reuther Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: 0
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Teresa Méndez, a clinical social worker in private practice in Baltimore and director of the Baltimore Psychotherapy Institute, will deliver the Wayne State School of Social Work’s 12th Annual Diversity Lecture entitled “The Psychology of a City: Race, Violence, and Community.” 

A former journalist, Méndez publishes and presents on the intersection of race, ethnicity, and culture, with a special interest in mixed-race identities. Inspired by her efforts to make sense of the racial violence in her community, “The Psychology of a City” asks: How can a city, group, or individual carry the unbearable feelings for a country, and how do we begin to work with this in treatment? The lecture, which is presented by Social Work’s Office of Continuing Education, will help participants articulate some common defenses against discussing race, describe how racism enacts erasure, psychic violence, and trauma, and consider how “the psychology of place” contributes to trauma.

For more information about this event, please contact Lauree Emery at 313-577-8806 or ab7097@wayne.edu.