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Mourning, Loss, and Grief

May 13, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Wyman Classroom

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2-Year Certificate Program (2YCP)
2023-24, 4th Term — Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm
Christopher J. Keats, MD
Nancy Goldov, PsyD, LP, BC-DMT

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May 13, 2024 — Sonny’s Blues

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We are going to read James Baldwin’s short story, “Sonny’s Blues” (1957), keeping in mind the oppression and sorrow in the black community, and widened notion of grief which connects sorrow to the ongoing trauma of systemic oppression.

This has been described by Breeshia Wade in her book  called Grieving While Black (not assigned reading for this week). Also keeping in mind another non-assigned article, Lynn Layton’s “Transgenerational hauntings: Toward a social psychoanalysis and an ethic of dis-illusionment” in Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, character, and normative unconscious processes. (2020, New York, Routledge, pp255-298). In Layton’s piece, she asks us to look at the history of whites having and doing, and the raced and classed ethic which haunts America and psychoanalysis.

Baldwin, J. (1957). “Sonny’s Blues”, Originally published in The Partisan Review. Collected in Going to Meet the Man, New York: Vintage Books, 122-148.


May 13, 2024
6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
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