Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Re-write Our Racial Narrative
Lunchtime Seminar May 12, 2016 (52:32 min.)
We are more alike than we are unalike – or so says the often quoted poem by Maya Angelou. Yet a substantial part of our cultural heritage is a racialized narrative that not only emphasizes our differences, but also ranks them as indicators of human worth. Such a narrative can only reproduce pervasive and chronic disconnection. In Maureen Walker’s presentation, “Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Re-write Our Racial Narrative,” Maureen explored her own stories that reproduce that racial stratification. She then examined how disruptive empathy can enable us to re-write our personal narratives and contribute to a larger cultural imagination of human possibility.
Maureen Walker, Ph.D. is the Director of Program Development for the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute, and an associate director in the MBA program at Harvard Business School. She is also a licensed psychologist with an independent practice in psychotherapy, career coaching, as well as organizational and leadership consultation.