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  • The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation

    Secrecy and Transparency

    Saturday, December 7, 2013
    2:30 PM

    Recent revelations of the National Security Administration's unprecedented collection of individual and social information through the internet have far reaching implications for personal privacy, healthcare, citizenship and national security, and for the definitions of personhood, institutional power and information itself. Individual decisions to make transparent or conceal , participate in or opt out of internet life, while perhaps delusions of control, raise critical questions of ownership, privacy, and the associated emotions of shame and rage associated with violations of personal integrity. We aim to explore contemporary notions of privacy, relationships between individuals and between individuals and institutions that arise through data exchange. We also hope to consider the role of secrets in notions of self, emotion, and reason, as well as the tensions between secrecy and transparency in protecting, exploiting, or undoing the individual and her freedoms.

    Participants include Alex Abdo, Jack Z. Bratich, Theodore Jacobs and Michael Lewis.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    ALEX ABDO is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU's National Security Project. He is current counsel in the ACLU's challenge to the NSA's phone-records program and has been involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, and the treatment of detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Navy brig in South Carolina. Mr. Abdo is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. Prior to working at the ACLU, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Barbara M.G. Lynn, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, and to the Hon. Rosemary Barkett, United States Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He recently participated in a panel at the University of Pennsylvania, "On the very idea of secret laws: Transparency and Publicity in Deliberative Democracy."

    JACK Z. BRATICH is author of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture (2008). His most recent publications include "Adventures in the Public Secret Sphere: Police Sovereign Networks and Communications Warfare" in Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies, and editing a special issue of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies on Occupy Wall Street. Dr. Bratich is Associate Professor and Chair of the Journalism and Media Studies Department at Rutgers University. His work applies autonomist social theory to popular culture and social movement media. He is also a zine librarian at ABC No Rio and has co-taught courses at Bluestockings Bookstore in New York City.

    THEODORE JACOBS, M.D. is a board certified psychiatrist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the New York University School of Medicine. He's also a training and Supervising Analyst for adults and children at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the New York University Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Medicine. Dr. Jacobs is a Geographic Supervising Analyst at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute and the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Training Program. He sits on the editorial board of the Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, International Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and the Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis. Dr. Jacobs has published over 60 papers and book reviews on a variety of psychoanalytic topics. In addition, he published two new books in 2013, The Year of Durocher-- a novel about the turmoil created when the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers Leo Durocher moves to a different team-- the New York Giants in 1948 and The Possible Profession: The Analytic Process of Change where Dr. Jacobs continues his examination of unconscious communication that takes place in the analytic situation.

    MICHAEL LEWIS is a University Distinguished Professor of pediatrics and Psychiatry, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School. His research has focused on normal and deviant emotional and intellectual development. Through his research, Dr. Lewis has developed a computer-based technique for enhancing intellectual ability in children suffering from a variety of disorders associated with retardation. Dr. Lewis has written many books including, Children's Emotions and Moods and also Handbook of Emotional Development which was awarded the Critic's Choice Award. His book Shame: The Exposed Self examines emotional development and self-conscious emotions which has been translated into German, Italian, and Japanese. In Altering Fate: Why The Past Does Not Predict The Future, Dr. Lewis describes various developmental theories and presents the proposition that early childhood does not seal one's fate. Dr. Lewis has served as an editor on numerous publications including, Child Development, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, and Developmental Psychology. His latest book, The Rise of Consciousness and the Development of Emotional Life is out now and he's currently working on his new book, My Life as Development.

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