Date & Time: December 3, 2021 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Virtual

This event will explore the social and psychic lives of Asian American students and patients that David L. Eng and co-author Shinhee Han have encountered over the course of twenty years in the classroom and the clinic.

3 CEUs
Available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC

overall objective of the course is to examine the specific social and psychic issues afflicting Asian Americans from Generation X to Generation Y, what Shinhee Han and I describe as “racial melancholia” and “racial dissociation.” In particular, we will pay special attention not only to how Asian Americans are racialized precisely as having no race but also to the fact that racism against Asian Americans often occurs without anyone noticing, including Asian Americans themselves.

At the end of this event participants will be able to:

  1. describe a number of critical approaches to psychoanalysis, race, and Asian Americans
  2. understand how psychoanalysis and law frame race relations
  3. describe some of the social and psychic histories and dynamics of model minorities, transnational adoptees, parachute kids, suicide, and coming out in a colorblind age

Speaker Bio

David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also Professor in Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. Eng is author of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans (co-authored with Shinhee Han, Duke, 2019), The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010), and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). He is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2003) and with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple, 1998). In addition, he is co-editor of three special issues of the journal Social Text: with Jasbir Puar, “Left of Queer” (2020), with Teemu Ruskola and Shuang Shen, “China and the Human” (2011/2012), and with Jack Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz, “What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now?” (2005). Eng has held visiting professorships at the University of Bergen (Norway), King’s College London, Harvard University, and the University of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. In 2016, Eng was elected an honorary member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City.


Dr. Michael O’Loughlin is Professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences and Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University. He has authored, co-authored or edited ten books, most recently [With S. Arac-Orhun and M. Queler], Lives Interrupted: Psychiatric Narratives of Struggle and Resilience [Lexington Books, 2019]. Since 2018 he has been co-editor of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He is editor of two book series, one in psychoanalysis, and one in childhood and youth studies. He writes about trauma, psychosis, migration, childhood subjectivity, schooling, psychoanalysis, race, and politics, and he directs the Adelphi Asylum Project. He is in private practice on Long Island, NY.

Fee Schedule

  • General Admission: $70
  • Derner Alum, Adelphi faculty/clinical supervisor, Derner student/Postgraduate candidate, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student: $50
  • Veterans: $25

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

For further information, please contact:

Susan Haacke, LCSW
Assistant Director for Continuing Education
p – 516.877.4839
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