BPSI Resources on Race, Equity, Diversity, and Otherness

Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Voices

As one of many initiatives to fulfill BPSI’s Anti-Racism Commitment we offer this Resource Page to our colleagues and the public, in hopes of promoting reflection, dialogue, and psychoanalytic scholarship to address the problems of systemic racism.

We thank the many colleagues contributing to this Resources Page. In particular we thank the APsaA and the DPE Section on Diversities, whose resources list provided the base and inspiration for our BPSI Resources project. We thank Olga Umansky, BPSI’s Hanns Sachs Librarian and Archivist, for her invaluable work. We are deeply grateful to Deborah Choate, Karen Melikian, and Cecilia Mikalac for their recent donations of books to enrich our Social Awareness collection.

We envision this as an evolving Resources list being updated regularly, and we invite and welcome your suggestions. While the initial contributions are focused on race, we intend to build the list to include more resources on diversities and otherness. Please tell us your ideas here or by writing to Olga Umansky at library@bpsi.org, or by writing to any member of the BPSI Leadership Team: Jim Barron, Jack Foehl, Catherine Kimble, Dan Mollod, or Carole Nathan.

Updated July 23, 2021

What is New?

Deeba Ashraf’s and Dionne Powell’s new articles in the Psychoanalysis Today Issue 14 on Racism, Caste, Class, Faith.

Blechner, M.J. (2020) Racism and Psychoanalysis: How They Affect One AnotherContemporary Psychoanalysis, 56(2-3): 245-254.

Keval, N. (2016). Racist States of Mind: Understanding the Perversion of Curiosity and Concern (psychoanalytic).

Metzl, J.M. (2019). Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland (nonfiction).

Snyder, T. (2017). On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century (nonfiction).

Goldberg, M. (2021, February 26). The Campaign to Cancel WokenessThe New York Times. 

Kellaway, K. (2015, December 27). Interview: Claudia Rankine: Blackness in the White Imagination Has Nothing To Do With Black PeopleThe Guardian

New Psychoanalytic Papers (2020-2021)

Available from the BPSI library



Many are available in the BPSI Library


Fiction, Poetry and Memoir

Select Psychoanalytic Papers 

Available on PEP and from the BPSI Library

Resources from APsaA and the DPE Section on Diversities

With thanks to APsaA and the DPE Section on Diversities chaired by Dr. Anton Hart, ApsaA has created an extensive resource page including films, podcasts, and papers, many of which have informed our BPSI Resource page.  For the full listing, go to https://apsa.org/addressing-racism. Of special attention are:

  • The American Psychoanalyst, Vol 55(2), Spring/Summer 2021
    • Margaret Morgan Lawrence: Honoring a Trailblazer by Susan C. Vaughan (p. 1, 4-6, 33-34)
    • Kimberlyn Leary On Psychoanalysis and Social Equity: An Interview with Justin Shubert, Diversity Editor (p. 16-18)
  • The American Psychoanalyst, Vol 55(1), Winter/Spring 2021
    • Covid-19, George Floyd, Racism, Psychoanalysis, and Music by Julie Jaffee Nagel (p. 7, 34)
    • Analyzing Psychoanalytic Racism by Mark J. Blechner (p. 11-13)
    • Notes from the Inaugural Meeting of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in APsaA with Dorothy E. Holmes, Dionne R. Powell, Anton Hart, Beverly J. Stoute (p. 13-15)
    • A Psychoanalytic Approach to Combating Racism by Margarita Cereijido (p. 29)

BPSI Programs and Publications

BPSI audio-recorded the 2019 program “Facets of Race in Psychoanalysis” with Celia Brickman, PhD, and Francisco Gonzalez, MD. BPSI, December 7, 2019. Click here to listen.

BPSI’s journal American Imago published papers from the 2018 BPSI Conference “Race, Racism, and Emancipation: Can We See Ourselves as We Are?” along with a paper by Dorothy Evans Holmes:

Interdisciplinary Papers and Work

BPSI Public Voices

BPSI Members’ Op-Eds/Off-the-Couch/Blogs/Interviews

In the Media

Articles and Blog Posts:


Video Programs and Event Recordings:

Books from the BPSI Library

Social Awareness Shelf

From The BPSI Archives:

  • Tributes to Frances Bonner. PINE Newsletter (2001, Spring/Summer). PINE Collection, The BPSI Archives.
  • Orlando Lightfoot, MD. Interview to Sanford Gifford, MD (2001, May 21). [Audio recordings]. Oral History Interviews, The BPSI Archives.
  • Charles Pinderhughes, MD. Interview by Sanford Gifford (1994, December 7). [Transcript]. Oral History Transcripts, BPSI Archives.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education materials. Louisa Pinkham Howe Papers. The BPSI Archives.
  • Howe (Holt), Louisa Pinkham. Interviews to Catherine Holt and David J. Kallen (1995-1996). [Transcripts]. Oral History Transcripts, The BPSI Archives.

Curated Reading lists

Collective Resource Sites

A crowd-sourced repository with resources in 23 languages with an emphasis on conversations within immigrant communities and families about Black Lives Matter and systemic racism.