The Black Scholar Series: Dr. Obari Cartman
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Wednesday, September 27th | 1:00 – 2:30 PM CT
Main Lecture: Decolonizing Mental Health: The Role of Culture in Community-based Wellness Interventions
Black communities continue to withstand structural assaults that require specific restoration. Elements of the mental health field have been complicit in academic and economic interests to maintain racial hierarchy resulting in the misuse of science in harmful ways. This presentation will share innovative strategies to design and implement wellness practices that center Black cultural healing practices within community settings intended to reach individuals and families who may otherwise be resistant to Western mental health approaches.
Wednesday, September 27th | 3:30 – 4:30 PM CT
Special Session: Hip-Hop Therapy: The Use of Music in Facilitation of Wellness Programming for Young Black Men
The therapeutic benefits of art, music and movement are becoming increasingly acknowledged. Hip-hop is uniquely effective for curating wellness activities targeting some of the most vulnerable, overlooked and difficult to reach young men in Chicago, who are also more likely to express emotional distress via destructive internal and external means. During this conversation we will explore a variety of examples of music, lyrics and videos that can be useful for engaging young Black men. We will also discuss strategies to increase critical consumption of corporatized hip-hop with potentially deleterious impact on the mental health of young men.
Thursday, September 28th | 1:00 – 2:00 PM CT
Affinity Session: The Affinity Session provides the opportunity for Black students, staff, and faculty to come together in community with each other and the visiting scholar to collectively reflect on their realities of being Black and in the field of psychology.
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