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An Evening with Professor/Psychoanalyst/Author/Filmmaker

Ricardo Ainslie, PhD

“Facts, Fictions, and Collective Anxieties in the Contemporary Immigration Debate”

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Ainslie, Ricardo 2018

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: At the Institute, 8820 Ladue Road, Third Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

NOTE:  seating is limited; pre-registration is required

Fee: $30 per person   (non-refundable)

 This program, when attended in its entirety,  is offered for 2.0 Credit Hours




Ricardo Ainslie, PhD is a psychologist-psychoanalyst who uses writing, filmmaking, and photography to capture and depict subjects of social and cultural interest. A native of Mexico City, he currently teaches at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the M.K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education. His expertise on immigration issues, especially in surrounding Latino immigration, is extensive.
The American social landscape has changed dramatically in the last three decades, driven primarily by Mexican and other Latin American immigration.  These changes have sparked deep debate, as politicians and others scapegoat immigrants as the source of America’s ills.  Dr. Ainslie will not only give the history and current status of this issue, but also use this anti-Latino discourse as a microcosm of the issues facing our world, our nation, and our city.
Tension, anxiety, fear, and a “how can I respond to this?” reaction all emerge in changing communities.  Whether it’s Latino/Anglo, black/white…economic differences… gender issues… the root is the fear of the unknown “Other,” the person/group that doesn’t look like me, or think like me, or share my background.
And what most people in our community want to know is: “how should I respond?”  “how do I recognize the Other in myself?” “how can I better communicate with and tend to the needs of those in my care who are different from me?”
This interactive, dynamic evening will not only delve into the psychoanalytic framework of the “why” of the “otherness,” giving insights into the role of communities as psychic entities, and our perceived roles within, but also open up the dialogue for mental health professionals, educators, social workers and all attendees to find pathways to better communication and being able to work better with those in their care.  These insights will also be of interest to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of the current immigration debate, and how to close the distance between cultures, overcome resistance to change, and offer change that works.
Please join us Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m. to join in the conversation.
  1. Describe psychoanalytic concepts regarding regressive processes in groups experiencing stress and conflict
  2. Describe the experience of immigration as it relates to acculturation
  3. Describe the impact of migration on the American social landscape


Dr. Ainslie’s books include No Dancin’ In Anson: An American Story of Race and Social Change (1995), The Psychology of Twinship (1997) and Long Dark Road: Bill King and Murder In Jasper, Texas (2004), and The Fight to Save Juárez: Life in the Heart of Mexico’s Drug War (2013). His films include The Mark of War (2008), Crossover: A Story of Desegregation (1999); Looking North: Mexican Images of Immigration (2006); Ya Basta! Kidnapped in Mexico (2007); and The Mystery of Consciousness (2009). 

In 2002 the Texas Psychological Association recognized him with its “Outstanding Contribution to Science” award, and in 2009 the APA’s Division of Psychoanalysis recognized his work with its “Science Award.” Ricardo Ainslie was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2006.  In 2010 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow and also awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency.  He received the Psychoanalysis and Social Achievement Award in 2012.  In 2014 he was inducted into the Texas Philosophical Society.

More at Dr. Ainslie’s website, HERE.

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