Friday Evening Lecture

Whiteness: How We Can Render the Invisible Visible
(and Why We Need To)

Date: May 11, 2018 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 7:00 p.m.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird
$20.00 non-members (includes a complimentary reception with hors d'oeuvres and wine)

What, exactly, is whiteness? Our contemporary conversation about race in America can be as confusing as it is necessary and overdue. Whiteness is largely invisible to those who are white, until they encounter someone who is nonwhite. The racial binary of white/black, or white/notwhite, ascended in the American imagination in the first half of the 20th Century when more complex, pseudoscientific racial classification systems collapsed as biological science disproved their foundations. In this presentation, we will explore the construction of whiteness in America -- why (and for whom) it was useful as a marker of difference, how it connotes normativity, and why it remains so persistently difficult for those who are white to see our whiteness. We will also explore the relative value of understanding whiteness from different depth psychological perspectives: as an avoidance of shadow; as an archetypal identification; as a reflection of a fundamental resistance to acknowledging the unconscious.

Saturday Workshop

Perspective Taking

Date: May 12, 2018 9:30 a.m. – noon

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, Inwood at Mockingbird

$40.00 non-members (coffee and rolls provided)

Following Friday's lecture, we will explore our experiences of whiteness and uncover its surprising influence throughout our lives and communities. We will use film, personal writing exercises, and small and large group discussion (in a safe and supportive context) to come to our own conclusions about how to make the invisible visible.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, is the executive director of The Jung Center of Houston and a psychotherapist in private practice. He received Masters degrees in religious studies and in clinical psychology, and completed his Doctorate in Psychology, with a focus in Jungian studies, from Saybrook University.