On Fire—GENDER, RACE, PRISON, and FORGIVENESS - 8 April 2016, San Francisco

​Two Oakland teens through a psychoanalytic lens


A genderqueer high school student is napping while riding home on an Oakland city bus. On the same bus, an African American high school student is joking around with his friends and lights the first kid’s skirt on fire. In her evocative New York Times Magazine article, Dashka Slater explores these two intersecting lives and the devastating aftermath of this traumatic event. The story raises complex socio-cultural questions about gender, race, the criminal justice system, and human forgiveness. In conversation with psychoanalyst Mary Margaret McClure, we will investigate the precariousness of growing up in our current culture and the troubling potential for senseless violence and injustice.

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