Fac Chats

Info and suggested readings for the Intercultural Center and the Library's "Fac Chats" series

Talk Description

Photo of Alicia RusojaFather Michael OlawuniOn February 19, Dr. Liz Abrams, Assistant Professor in the Counseling Department, and Father Michael Olawuni, a graduate counseling student, will chat about "It's not just U.S.!: Decolonizing Transnational "border crossings" in Psychology and Relationships."

Dr. Abrams and Fr. Michael began working together over the past year on issues related to decolonizing psychology and collaborating on what it means to "cross borders" effectively and in ways that disrupt the colonial legacy of Global North - Global South relationships. Today they will lead us in an interactive program that explores and analyzes these issues, and together we will collaborate on finding a "better way forward" in our relationships across "borders." 

Suggested Resources

Liz Abrams and Father Michael Olawuni's suggested resources:

  1. Gerstein, L. H., Heppner, P. P., Ægisdóttir, S., Leung Seung-ming, A., & Norsworthy, K. L. (Eds.). (2009) International handbook of cross-cultural counseling: Cultural assumptions and practices worldwide. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  2. Norsworthy, K. L. (2017). Mindful activism: Embracing the complexities of international border crossingsAmerican Psychologist72(9), 1035-1043. doi:10.1037/amp0000262
  3. Norsworthy, K. L. & Khuankaew, O. (2004). Women of Burma speak out: Workshops to deconstruct gender-based violence and build systems of peace and justice. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work29(3), 259-283. doi:10.1080/01933920490477011
  4. Arnett, J. J. (2008). The neglected 95%: Why American psychology needs to become less American. American Psychologist63(7), 602-614. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.63.7.602
  5. Memmi, A. (1965). The colonizer and the colonized. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
  6. Mohanty, C. T. (2003). Feminism without borders: Decolonizing theory, practicing solidarity. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
  7. Moane, G. (2009). Reflections on liberation psychology in action in an Irish context. In C. C. Sonn & M. Montero (Eds.), Psychology of Liberation: Theory and Applications (pp. 135-154). New York, NY: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-85784-8_7
  8. Norsworthy, K. L. & Khuankaew, O. (2013). Feminist border crossings: Our transnational partnership in peace and justice work. In J. Kottler, M. Englar-Carlson, & J. Carlson (Eds.), Helping beyond the fifty minute hour: Therapists involved in meaningful social action (pp. 222-233). New York, NY: Routledge.
  9. Grabe, S. (2017). Narrating a psychology of resistance: Voices of the Compañeras in Nicaragua. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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