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March 7, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: 0
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Wayne State University School of Social Work and Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development are proud to host Teresa Méndez, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW as the keynote speaker of the 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 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 Betsy Vanderstelt at 313-577-4464 or