The Displaced and The Other

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 2:30pm

Past Event

Generationally and historically, our species has moved through great migrations, across seas, continents, and borders. Some have been journeys infused with hope for the better, or impelled by longing for the unknown, the foreign, the other. Others have been forced.

Today, with more than 65 million refugees and displaced persons around the globe, we are bearing witness to flights of desperation, escaping threats of extinction or submission, environmental disaster, religious and tribal conflict, slavery, and war. How and why do we respond with creativity and compassion rather than detachment and fear to those in troubled movement? The reality of those without shelter, safety, or security unsettles us all.


Lisa DeBenedittis is an Assistant Professor of Design Research at Parsons School of Design, and most recently has served as Vice Provost of The New School, and Associate Dean at Parsons. She completed her Ph.D. (NYU) in 2005, writing on the aesthetics of subjectivity, and completed her analytic training at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, now… read more »

Simon Aban Deng is a human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, he spent several years as a child slave until escaping and thereafter applying for asylum in the U.S. and taking U.S. citizenship. Among his many human rights activities, Deng launched the Sudan Freedom… read more »

Uri Hasson

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Institute
Peretsman-Scully Hall, Princeton University

Uri Hasson grew up in Jerusalem. As an undergrad he studied philosophy and cognitive sciences at the Hebrew University. He completed his Ph.D. in Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU before moving to Princeton. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and the Neuroscience Institute… read more »

Athena Viscusi

Psychosocial Care Specialist at MSF/Doctors without Borders USA

Athena Viscusi is currently the Psychosocial Care Specialist at MSF/Doctors without Borders USA, providing support to field workers before, after, and during deployment abroad. As a Mental Health Officer with MSF, she directed mental health and psychosocial programs for MSF in Haiti, South Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, and Palestine. In that capacity she hired,… read more »

Morris Vogel

President, the Tenement Museum

Morris J. Vogel has been president of New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum since 2008. He trained as an American social and urban historian at Brandeis University (B.A. 1967) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 1974), before joining the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1973, where he was promoted to professor in… read more »

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